Symphony Orchestra features Concerto Competition Winners and more

Stetson University Symphony Orchestra presents a concert in Lee Chapel on Friday, Nov. 20, at 7:30 p.m., featuring the winners of the annual concerto competition. Clarinetist Victoria Buffkin plays Weber’s 2nd Clarinet Concerto featuring its fizzing, champagne-like last movement and in contrast, mezzo-soprano Kyrsten Chambers sings the great aria from Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Erbarme dich, which also showcases violinist Rebeca Baquerizo.

The orchestra starts the program with Verdi’s dramatic Prelude to his opera Ernani and ends it with the exhilarating 9th Symphony of Shostakovich, written at the end of World War II. As you listen, you can imagine the composer poking his tongue at the failed Nazi attempt at world domination and specifically that of the Soviet Union. (Of course the Soviets banned the symphony three years later as being too frivolous for their high-minded attempt to do the same thing!) 

Anthony Hose conducts a concert that is not to be missed.