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Appalachian Symphony Orchestra performs Mozart, Ravel and Brahms

symphony.jpgBOONE—Three compositions are the focus of the Oct. 8 performance of the Appalachian Symphony Orchestra at Appalachian State University.

The orchestra, directed by James Allen Anderson, performs at

2 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall. Admission is free.

The program begins with Mozart’s “Overture” to the opera “Der Schauspieldirektor, K. 486 (The Impresario).” The overture is considered similar to the overture from “The Marriage of Figero, ” written the same year.

The symphony also will present Ravel’s “Pavane pour une infante défunte” (Pavane for a dead princess). Originally written for solo piano, the orchestral version was published in 1910. It is meant to recall a slow processional dance that was popular in the European courts in the 16th century.

The last piece on the program is Brahms’ “Serenade No. 1 in D Major, op. 11.” Completed in 1857, while Brahms was working on “Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor,” the serenade was originally scored for a nine-piece chamber ensemble and later adapted for orchestra.