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Mercury orchestra concert to bring ancient music forward

Contributing Reporter

Published: Thursday, January 31, 2013

Updated: Thursday, January 31, 2013 01:01

Students and campus community will have a chance to experience sounds from the past as the Mercury orchestra returns to the university on Thursday.

The group, based in Houston, will perform a concert in the Performing Arts Center Recital featuring music from the 17th and 18th century such as “Mendelssohn string Quarter Op. 44, No.1”, “Schubert String Quarter No. 14 in D minor (“Death and the Maiden”)”, and Gustav Mahler.

According to Javier Pinell, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Violin and chair of String Studies at Sam Houston State University, the concert will be a unique chance to hear musical sounds as intended by the composers. According to Pinell, the instruments in a baroque orchestra produce “a pure lighter sound with very crisp articulations.”

Chamber music is a form of classical music intended for a small orchestra and is played on older instruments different from those played by musicians today. For example, the baroque violin does not have a chin rest, and musicians used different bows and strings than those used today. Some famous composers of the Baroque era were Johann Sebastian Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, George Frideric Handel, and George Philipp Telemann.

Mercury began 12 years ago with the goals of educating audiences in Baroque music by performing them on period instruments and making them more accessible to listeners.

However more recently, the group has expanded its repertoire to include works outside the Baroque era to increase its education efforts.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the PAC Recital Hall. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for senior and $5 for students that have their Student ID. For more information call the School of Music at (936) 294-1360.  

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