For the past three years, Nathaniel Parker, has directed many concerts. Dr. Parker, director of orchestral activities and assistant professor of music, is now getting ready for this next project—a performance that highlights well-known, Romantic-era musical selections.
On Sunday, October 9, at the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts, the Marywood University Orchestra will perform a selection of works by a number of German, Italian and French composers. Admission is free, and the performance will begin at 4 p.m.
"[The performance] is a shared experience between the audience and the orchestra," Parker said. "People should come to enjoy themselves, to be entertained, and to engage in a powerful, shared experience."
Listen to Nathaniel Parker discuss the Marywood Orchestra's upcoming concert.
Composed of students, faculty and community members, the orchestra will perform works by Bruckner, Puccini and Alessandro Marcello. What's more, oboist Thomas C. Heinze will perform the Marcello Oboe Concerto. Dr. Parker says that he enjoys directing the interaction among players.
"In a way, you have to trust yourself, your style," he says. "If you know what you're doing, then the students will respond to your leadership. It's better to have a proactive approach."
But there are challenges.
The most difficult thing about classical music, Dr. Parker says, are the expectations the public has surrounding it. A survey conducted a few years ago asked participants why few people attend classical music concerts. The most popular answer was that participants "didn't know what to wear." According to Dr. Parker, this public perception needs to change.
"Regardless of your background, the music can move you," he said. "Someone with a different background can have the same experience. I love music because of how it affects me. It doesn't make you feel alone."
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