'Magic Flute' overture highlights concert

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Brahms, Schuman and Mozart will make up the Stow Symphony Orchestra's winter concert on March 9, which will be at the Tallmadge Alliance Church, 1155 East Ave. in Tallmadge.

Under the baton of Music Director Darrell Lee Music the concert will feature Mozart's Overture to "The Magic Flute," William Schuman's "New England Triptych" and Brahm's Symphony No. 1 in c minor, Op. 68.

The Overture to Mozart's fairy tale opera "The Magic Flute" is the most widely performed of his overtures. It features the major themes from the opera, from the comic to the sublime, and is notable in its scoring for the inclusion of low brass instruments.

"New England Triptych" is Schuman's homage to the works of William Billings, an important contributor to American music. Of the three pieces which comprise this work, Schuman said they "are not a "fantasy" nor "variations" on themes of Billings, but rather a fusion of styles and musical language."

Brahms' First Symphony, by his own testimony, was 21 years in its composition. It captures both the darkest and the most joyous of human emotions, carrying the listener from the depths of despair to the heights of ecstasy.

Tickets for the upcoming concert, available at the door, are priced at $10 for adults, and $7 for seniors and students. Children under 12 are admitted free.

Due to limited seating, advance purchase of tickets is advisable.

Tickets are available for presale at www.StowOrchestra.org/tickets.htm, or by calling 330-678-0029, or in limited numbers at the door. For group rates call 330-678-0029. For more information, visit www.stoworchestra.org.

The Stow Symphony also is seeking chorus members for its Fifteenth Anniversary performance in May of Beethoven's 9th Symphony. Those interested in singing should call 330-678-0029.

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