Lee Symphony Orchestra To Present Fall Concert

Thursday, October 18, 2018
Robert Bernhardt conducts the Lee University Symphony Orchestra
Robert Bernhardt conducts the Lee University Symphony Orchestra

Lee University’s Symphony Orchestra will hold its fall concert on Monday at 7:30 p.m. in Pangle Hall. 

Robert Bernhardt, artist-in-residence, will conduct the program, while faculty guests Jonathan Jung, piano, and Charlotte Kies, clarinet, will perform with the orchestra. 

“We’re excited to present two great overtures alongside solos from our faculty guests,” said Maestro Bernhardt. “We look forward to sharing this evening’s music with all in attendance.” 

The concert will include music from Brahms and Rossini, while the faculty soloists will perform Rachmaninoff and Mozart. 

According to Mr. Bernhardt, Brahms composed the buoyant “Academic Festival Overture” as a gesture of gratitude to the University of Breslau in Germany, which awarded Brahms an honorary doctorate. The piece was a favorite among students when it premiered at the university, as Brahms borrowed and used student drinking song melodies throughout the overture. 

Rossini’s “William Tell” was his 39th and last opera, and its overture is among the most famous and popular pieces of classical music ever written, according to Mr. Bernhardt. 

The work is divided into four distinct parts, including a chorale prelude for low strings featuring cellos, a storm sequence that is “among the most famous in music,” the calm after the storm highlighted by a duet between flute and English horn, and the “rescue finale” made popular as the theme music for television’s “The Lone Ranger.”

Dr. Jung will perform Rachmaninoff’s “Piano Concerto No. 2,” which was an instant success following its first performance in 1901 and became part of the standard repertoire from that day. Ms. Kies will play the first movement of Mozart’s “Clarinet Concerto,” which was composed just two months before Mozart’s death and is beloved for its profound beauty and sunny disposition, according to Mr. Bernhardt. 

Maestro Bernhardt joined Lee’s faculty in the spring of 2011. He also serves as Music Director Emeritus and Principal Pops Conductor of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera, and Principal Pops Conductor of the Louisville Orchestra and Grands Rapids Symphony. He was formerly the music director and conductor for 19 seasons with CSO, and he is the first to hold the title Emeritus. He is also a frequent guest conductor for the Boston Pops and Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. 

Dr. Jung joined the faculty of Lee’s School of Music as an assistant professor of piano in the fall of 2017. He previously taught at Southwestern Oklahoma State University and Jones County Junior College. In addition to teaching, Dr. Jung performs regularly across the United States. He has performed with the Eastman Philharmonic Orchestra and Korean Philharmonic Orchestra of New Zealand. 

Ms. Kies is a clarinetist based in Chattanooga. She joined the Lee University School of Music faculty in 2017 and is a member of the Ohio Light Opera Orchestra. She was recently named the 2017 Second Prize Winner in the International Clarinet Association's Orchestral Audition Competition. 

The Symphony Orchestra is an ensemble of select instrumentalists, which performs one major concert each semester. Its musicians frequently participate in opera, choral, and other concerts on campus. 

The concert is a free, non-ticketed event, and is open to the public. 

For more information, call 614-8240 or email music@leeuniversity.edu.

 


Palace Theater Has Dead Poets Society 30th Anniversary Screening

River City Sessions Presents June 7 Concert Lineup Announced

Dogma Dance Off Is June 2 At Barking Legs Theater


Dylan Kussman, one of the original seven Dead Poets from the movie Dead Poets Society, is hosting a 30th Anniversary screening of the film at the Palace Theater on June 2. It will be 30 years ... (click for more)

The River City Sessions concert at Lula Lake on Friday, June 7 from 4:30-9 p.m. will feature live music from Rising Fawn Social Club, Katrina Barclay and Suck Creek String Band. There will ... (click for more)

Now in its 4th year, Dogma Dance Off is an annual celebration of music, art and charity that has expanded from a one-day event to a three-day festival, spanning Nashville (May 31), Murfreesboro ... (click for more)


Entertainment

Palace Theater Has Dead Poets Society 30th Anniversary Screening

Dylan Kussman, one of the original seven Dead Poets from the movie Dead Poets Society, is hosting a 30th Anniversary screening of the film at the Palace Theater on June 2. It will be 30 years to the day since its release in theaters. I The screening will be a benefit raising money to install a working theatrical lighting system in the Brainerd High School auditorium. Currently ... (click for more)

River City Sessions Presents June 7 Concert Lineup Announced

The River City Sessions concert at Lula Lake on Friday, June 7 from 4:30-9 p.m. will feature live music from Rising Fawn Social Club, Katrina Barclay and Suck Creek String Band. There will be storytelling by Michael Gray and Star Line Books. Tickets are $10, available at www.LulaLake.org/events , and include access to over eight miles of hiking and biking trails. Food ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Person Pulled From Burning Home On Airport Road Saturday Morning

A person was pulled from a burning home on Airport Road on Saturday morning. Chattanooga firefighters were dispatched to 900 Airport Road Lot #92 on a residential structure fire with entrapment at approximately 9 a.m. Incident Commander Lieutenant Jack Babb reported fire and smoke showing upon arrival. Two residents had exited the structure prior to firefighters arrival, but ... (click for more)

Dallas Bay Volunteer Fire Department Saves Boat From Fire Saturday Afternoon

The Dallas Bay Volunteer Fire Department saved a million-dollar boat Saturday afternoon. A boat owner called 911 reporting a boat fire located at the Chattanooga Yacht Club at 9400 North Hickory Valley Road. The Dallas Bay VFD responded by boat and arrived on the scene reporting smoke and flames in the engine area. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire due to 900 gallons ... (click for more)

Opinion

It Is Outrageous That County School Administration Used Our Tax Dollars For Political Lobbying

Dear Dr. Johnson, The campaign central at HCDE headquarters needs a Tennessee Little Hatch Act study time and education. The heart of the issue is that HCDE utilized our tax dollars to lobby against vouchers with employee time, equipment, and lobby payments. Here is my point, I supported ESA vouchers for Hamilton County, and so did a lot of families that desired parental ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Saturday Funnies

With all due reverence and respect for Memorial Day this Monday, The Saturday Funnies knows that those who gave their lives to preserve our freedom deserve not our laughter, but our warm memories of their devotion to our country and our fellow troops. But if you were to venture into a VFW this weekend, or come across two or more of our heroes sharing a toast, it is a safe bet ... (click for more)