BLOOMSBURG— The Bloomsburg University Community Orchestra will perform Sunday, Nov. 19, at 2:30 p.m. in Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall. The concert will feature Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5 “Reformation” and Saint-Saens’ Piano Concerto No. 2. The concert is free and open to the public.
Symphony No. 5 was written to celebrate the Protestant Reformation of 1517 and the Augsburg Confession of 1530. Mendelssohn, highly influenced by J.S. Bach, who was in turn influenced by the reformer Martin Luther, was aware of the celebrations taking place in 1830 for the 300th anniversary of the Augsburg Confession. The performance of Mendelssohn’s Fifth Symphony at BU coincides with the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation that began with Martin Luther in Wittenburg, Germany.
Saint-Saens' Piano Concerto No. 2 is a staple of the piano repertoire that balances the solemnity of the Mendelssohn with a flashy, energetic style of composition, according to orchestra director Dr. David Tedford. Guest pianist Gretchen Hull is a doctoral fellow at Temple University in the studio of Charles Abramovic and a freelance recitalist, chamber musician, and teacher based in Philadelphia.
Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 9,600 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.