ISU Chamber Orchestra November Performance

Stephen Ortiz

The Iowa State University Chamber Orchestra will make its 2014-2015 season debut this November with three pieces. The orchestra will be conducted by faculty member Jacob Harrison and feature a guest performance from faculty member Kevin Judge.

The orchestra will perform three pieces in the concert which are “Last Round” by Golijov, “Ciranda Das Sete Notas” by Villa-Lobos and “Divertimento in D major, K. 136” by Mozart. Judge, Bassoonist, is the guest performer for the Villa-Lobos piece.

“The Villa-Lobos is a very energetic piece that compliments the other great works Dr. Harrison has chosen for this concert,” Judge said.

Judge’s work as a performer has established himself internationally as a musician. He has performed in Carnegie Hall, Brazil and France, along with many orchestras across the country. Judge is principal bassoonist of the Des Moines Symphony and often performs with the Quad Cities Symphony, Orchestra Iowa and the Waterloo Cedar Falls Symphony.

For the last month, Judge has been meeting with the chamber orchestra weekly to help incorporate his solo bassoon piece into the music written for the string ensemble.

“A chamber orchestra is a small ensemble made up of instruments that play in a symphony orchestra,” Judge said. “Every piece written for chamber orchestra varies in instrumentation. The Iowa State Chamber Orchestra primarily plays pieces written for a small string ensemble.”

The Iowa State Chamber Orchestra is the most select orchestral ensemble the school has, featuring the best musicians drawn from the Iowa State Symphony and who are then chosen through an audition process.

The first performance of the Iowa State Chamber Orchestra this season is 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10, 2014, in the Martha-Ellen Tye Recital Hall at the ISU Music Hall. Admission for Adults is $5 and $3 for students.