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Yavapai College Music Department opens concert series

The Symphony Orchestra opens the Yavapai College Music Department's concert season with a performance at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, in the college's Performance Hall.

Under the direction of Dr. Roy Breiling, the orchestra will play two movements from Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 in Eb Major, widely known as the "Eroica." Beethoven admired the social ideals of the French Revolution and considered Napoleon Bonaparte the embodiment of those ideals, so he decided to dedicate his third symphony to the French leader. However, he was so disgusted and disappointed when Napoleon declared himself "emperor" that he scratched out the dedication with a knife and only much later named it Eroica - "in memory of a great man."

In the second half of the program, the Symphonic Band, also under Breiling's direction, will perform several selections, the first of which will be contemporary composer Robert Sheldon's "Choreography," which was inspired by dance movements found in modern ballet and theatrical productions.

Next, the band will present the "Chaconne," the "Intermezzo" and the march from "First Suite in E Flat" by Gustav Holst, a prolific English composer in the early part of the 20th century. This will be followed by a piece called "Aquia Hills" by Gary Fagan. It was commissioned for a school band in Virginia and is written in traditional overture style.

To conclude the concert, the band will play a selection called "Coat of Arms" by Kenneth Whitcomb, who composes under the pseudonym George Kenny.

General admission is $5 and free for children 14 and under. Tickets are available in the YC Art Gallery during business hours or by calling 776-2031.

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