Sept. 25, 2014. Dr. Chung Park conducts the Appalachian Symphony Orchestra in concert Friday, Oct. 3, at 8 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall at Appalachian State University. Admission is free.
The orchestra will perform the overture to Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” and Haydn’s “Symphony No. 96 in D Major” also known as “The Miracle” symphony.
Dr. Douglas Miller will be the guest clarinetist for Mozart’s “Concerto for Clarinet in A Major.”
Mozart completed the overture to his last opera, “The Magic Flute,” in September 1791 and conducted its premiere two days later. He died a few months later at age 35. A Freemason, Mozart opened the overture with three chords that are symbolic of three knocks at the temple door, which form part of Masonic ritual.
Written in 1791, Haydn’s symphony earned its nickname erroneously following a performance of his 102nd symphony. Concert goers avoided injury when a chandelier fell from the ceiling of a concert hall where the work was being performed. Members of the audience who had crowded to the front of a London performance hall to see Haydn conduct his composition avoided injury. The nickname “The Miracle” was attached to the 96th symphony in an error attributed to Haydn’s biographer Albert Christoph Dies.
Mozart’s clarinet concerto also was composed in 1791 just a few months before the composer’s death. It was composed for clarinetist and friend Anton Sadler. The composition showcases the diverse sounds produced by the clarinet – from deep, rich tones to its chirpy, comedic quality.
Miller made his New York debut in Carnegie Recital Hall in 1973 as winner of the Artists International Management Competition. He has performed with many orchestras and chamber groups, including the Manhattan Orchestra, the Amor Artis Orchestra, the Columbia University Orchestra, the New York Kammermusiker, the Eroica Trio, and for the League of Composers.
He has been a member of the Berkshire Music Festival at Tanglewood, the Mozarteum Festival Orchestra in Salzburg, the International Hindemith Festival in Los Angeles, the Wintergreen Music Festival in Virginia and with the Kalmen Opperman Clarinet Choir in New York.
Locally, has played with the Western Piedmont Symphony, Roanoke Symphony, Roanoke Opera, the Winston-Salem Symphony, the North Carolina Symphony, the Greensboro Symphony, the Broyhill Chamber Ensemble and with the Appalachian Woodwind Quintet.