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Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra

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September 28, 2013

1184 W. Main St
Decatur, IL 62522
424-6318

TIME: 8:15am and 10:45am

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The Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra (MDSO) will officially begin its 2013-2014 concert season with a gala Opening Night performance, featuring solo artist Andrea Frakes Pope '97, mezzo-soprano and Millikin adjunct professor of music, on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Kirkland Fine Arts Center.

Musical selections for the performance include Hindemith's "Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Weber," and Mahler's "Kindertotenlieder," featuring Andrea Frakes Pope. After an intermission the MDSO will conclude the evening with a performance of the "Rosenkavalier Suite" by Strauss.

Andrea Frakes Pope has performed as a recitalist and soloist throughout the Kansas City and Washington, D.C. areas. Her oratorio works include alto soloist for William Mathias' "Lux Aeterna" with the Masterworks Chorus in Washington, D.C., alto soloist for Mozart's "Requiem" with the Alexandria Chorale in Alexandria, Va., Rossini's "Stabat Mater," Handel's "Messiah," Bach's "Magnificat," and Haydn's "Missa Solemnis." Andrea's opera credits include Menotti's "The Meduim" and "Old Maid and the Thief," and Humperdinck's "Hänsel and Gretel."  Andrea holds a Master of Arts in vocal music performance from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., where she studied with Patricia Miller. Her Bachelor of Music in vocal performance is from Millikin University.  For more information on Andrea Frakes Pope, please visit www.andreafrakespope.com

"Our Opening Night program is framed by the kind of works you might think of as most appropriate to start a season – big, sonorous, extroverted masterpieces written by great mainstream composers at the height of their powers," said MDSO Music Director Michael Luxner. "In between, we feature our own Andrea Pope as mezzo-soprano soloist in a beautiful and uplifting song cycle by Mahler. Andrea has the perfect voice for this intimate and touching music."

The performance will be preceded by a concert preview in the Kirkland Lecture Room at 6:45 p.m. featuring Dr. John Feierabend, a leading authority on early childhood and music education. Dr. Feierabend will speak about the role of music in human development. The concert preview is free.

Concert tickets are $13-$16.50 and are available through the Kirkland Fine Arts Center Box Office, by phone at 217-424-6318 or online at www.kirklandfinearts.com. Box Office hours are Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Friday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. A $2.50 fee will be charged for credit card purchases. This is a per transaction fee, not per ticket, and applies to online and Box Office orders.

Concerts of the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra are partially supported by grants from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and the Symphony Guild of Decatur.

For further information, please contact Millikin University Media Relations Coordinator Dane Lisser at 217-420-6636 or dlisser@millikin.edu.

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