News From Terre Haute, Indiana

March 1, 2013

Sinfonietta to present ‘Tom Sawyer’ interpretations


News Release

TERRE HAUTE — The Sinfonietta Pops Orchestra is working with the Vigo County Public Library’s Big Read to present a concert based on Mark Twain’s classic “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” also celebrating 2013 Year of the River.

The Sinfonietta concert “From the Headwaters to the Sea” will be presented at 3 p.m. on Sunday at Hippodrome Theatre in the Scottish Rite Building.

Chris Schellenburg, VCPL community services and marketing coordinator, will narrate the concert. Free copies of “Tom Sawyer” will be available.

The Sinfonietta has been a partner in the Big Read program since 2008. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment of the Arts, in partnership with Arts Midwest.

The orchestra will set the tone immediately with “Water Music” from George Friedrich Handel. The Sinfonietta will play an abridged version of this fifteen movement work.

The scene will move from England to Austria with the familiar sounds of composer Johann Strauss’ “The Blue Danube,” possibly the most famous waltz in the world.“The Moldau,” by Czeck composer Bedrich Smetana is part of a cycle of tone poems called “My Fatherland” and describes a journey down this river.

Coming a bit closer to home is Ferde Grofe’s “Mississippi Suite” a musical journey down the Mississippi; its movements are titled: “Father of Waters,” “Huckleberry Finn,” “Old Creole Days” and “Mardi Gras.”“The Dixieland One Step “ which features the music familiar in the New Orleans area also offers an opportunity to hear Sinfonietta’s Dixieland quartet  featuring Steve Steppe, cornet, Bill Heinrich, trombone, Ed Harbour, clarinet and Michael Livingston, tuba.Other music on the playlist includes:“Moon River”, “White River Legend” and “Contrasts for Orchestra.”