Wednesday, February 13, 2019 12:37 PM

SEWANEE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND THE CHATTANOOGA SYMPHONY & OPERA TAKE ON SARASATE’S CARMEN FANTASY, OP. 25 - THE SEWANEE PURPLE

Sewanee Symphony Orchestra performs in Guerry Auditorium. Photo by Matt Hembree (C20).

By Lucy Rudman Junior Editor

The Sewanee Symphony Orchestra (SSO) performed, for the first time ever, alongside the professional musicians of the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera (CSO) on Friday, February 9. A true blend of musicians, the concert was conducted by both Kayoko Dan, of CSO, and of Sewanees own Csar Leal.

The four-piece set included Toreador March from Carmen, composed by Georges Bizet, conducted by Leal; Capriccio Espagnol, (Kaprichichio no ispanskiye tem), op. 34 composed by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, conducted by Leal; Carmen Fantasy, op. 25 by Pablo de Sarasate, conducted by Dan; and Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor, composed by Alexander Borodin, conducted by Dan.

The title piece, Carmen Fantasy, OP. 25, featured a set of excellent violin solos from visiting assistant professor Peter Povey. Other soloists throughout the set included Molly Morgan (C22) on harp; Erin Elliot (C20) on cello; Taylor Mottern (C17) on french horn; plus many more from from the SSO and the CSO.

This blending of professional and amateur was especially impactful on Morgan (C22), who is Sewanees only harpist, but who got to perform with CSO harpist Caroline Brown Hudson.

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