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April 13, 2014
Oklahoma Wesleyan University 



The Composer is Dead (or at least forgotten….)

Enjoy our Alternative Afternoon concert, featuring the entertaining orchestral work by Nathaniel Stookey “The Composer is Dead,” with narrative written by Daniel Handler, more commonly known as Lemony Snicket, author of several best selling books.

There’s dreadful news from the symphony hall—the composer is dead! That’s the premise of this fun piece which explores the orchestra in a way that’s hilarious for children and adults (and orchestral musicians) alike.

If you have ever heard an orchestra play, then you know that musicians are most certainly guilty of something. Where exactly were the violins on the night in question? Did anyone see the harp? Is the trumpet protesting a bit too boisterously?

In this perplexing murder mystery, everyone seems to have a motive, everyone has an alibi, and nearly everyone is a musical instrument. But the composer is still dead.

Perhaps you can solve the crime yourself. Join the Inspector as he interrogates all the unusual suspects and hear for yourself exactly what took place on that fateful, well-orchestrated evening.

Bartlesville’s own Joe Sears will narrate this work and add to the fun as only Joe can!

Joining the orchestra on the program will be violin soloist Paige Park, the winner of this year’s Myrna Hershberger Young Artist Competition. She will be performing the first movement of the rarely performed Violin Concerto No. 9 by Charles de Beriot.

Opening the one-hour concert will the somewhat well-known Polka and Fugue from “Schwanda” by the otherwise obscure Jaromir Weinberger.

Remember, the concert will take place Oklahoma Wesleyan University Chapel Fine Arts Center.


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