Next Wednesday, the Goshen College Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Dr. Christopher Fashun, will present its Spring Concert.The orchestra will perform iconic works by Aaron Copland, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Franz Schubert.
“I especially love the Rimsky-Korsakov,” said Stephen Graber, a junior clarinetist, “this concert is going to be really good.”
One of the compositions the orchestra will perform is Schubert’s “Unfinished Symphony.”
“I love that symphony… the beginning of the first movement alone is indescribable,” Becky Snider, a junior flautist, said. “If you’re not there to hear it, you’ll seriously be missing out. Seriously.”
Before his death in 1828, Schubert wrote the first two movements of this symphony. For nearly 40 years the symphony remained completely unknown. Then, in 1865, the manuscript was found and the symphony was performed in Vienna to a stunned audience.
Eduard Hanslick, a music critic of the time, reviewed the premier and said (originally in German), “After a few introductory bars…a half-suppressed exclamation [of] ‘Schubert’ runs hummingly through the hall.”
Peter Meyer Reimer, a sophomore violist, said, “The music is perfect for any Wednesday night.”
The concert will be in Sauder Hall at 7:30 p.m. on April 16. Tickets are free for Goshen College faculty/staff/students with a GC ID; $7 for adults; or $5 for seniors/students.