Ives Festival Orchestra performs free concert

The Ives Festival Orchestra, conducted by Western Music Professor Dr. Fernando Jimenez, performed “Mozart at the Ives: A Representative Vignette of His Music” on Saturday, July 16, 2011. The concert was sponsored by Newtown Savings Bank as part of the Fine Arts and Family Series at Ives Concert Park on the WCSU Westside campus.

The program began with Symphony No.1, composed when Mozart was 8 years old. Mozart’s solo writing is represented by the Flute concerto in G performed by Dr. Keri Walker, the orchestra’s principal flutist and faculty member of WCSU’s department of music. The composer’s masterful opera writing was represented in this program by the “Marriage of Figaro Overture,” as well as two arias from the same opera: Porgi amor and Dove sono, both performed by Danbury native Cidalia Alves. Closing the program, the orchestra performed Symphony No. 41: “Jupiter,” considered by many as the crowning achievement of true classical symphony writing.

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Area music lovers filled the Ives Concert Park to hear the Ives Festival Orchestra in July.