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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

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The concert begins at 7 p.m. on Dec. 9 at College Avenue Baptist Church. The concert begins at 7 p.m. on Dec. 9 at College Avenue Baptist Church.

Musical Collaboration "In Memory"

SDSU musicians present a collaborative concert propelled by Maslanka’s "Fourth Symphony."
By Lizbeth Persons Price

A collaborative concert between two of San Diego State University’s top instrumental ensembles has been a longtime desire for School of Music and Dance professors Shannon Kitelinger and Michael Gerdes.  

At 7 p.m. this Tuesday, Dec. 9, it will be realized when the SDSU Symphony Orchestra Strings and the SDSU Wind Symphony come together for In Memory, a concert at College Avenue Baptist Church.

Musical selections for "In Memory" are inspired by David Maslanka’s "Fourth Symphony," a gigantic piece energized by meditation on faith in humanity, and described by the composer as a “spontaneous rise of the impulse to shout for the joy of life.”

“As we began to explore the rest of the program, we focused on the concept of memory in music,” explained Kitelinger, director of bands.  “Sometimes these memories are of a person. Sometimes a composer longs for a place or time gone by. These memories are saturated with regret (Pärt), sadness (Tchaikovsky), or, in the best of times, hope and elation (Maslanka).”

Emotions in music

“Each person deals with loss in ways both individual and universal,” observed Gerdes, director of orchestras.  “The works presented in this concert reveal some of these processes to us. A loose correlation for the linear program of this concert is Kübler-Ross’s Five Stages of Loss and Grief.”

The evening’s program includes "Adagio in G Minor" by Albinoni, "Élégie" by Tchaikovsky, "Cantus in Memoriam" by Pärt, "Fantasy Variations" by James Barnes and "Symphony No. 4" by David Maslanka.

Listen closely and you may hear the movement from denial and anger through sorrow into acceptance. Music’s incredible power can lead us to catharsis, or in Maslanka’s words,  “Shouting for the joy of life.”

More information

Tickets for "In Memory" are $10 for general admission, and $5 for students, and can be purchased through the online box office or at the box office one hour before performance.