The Evangel University Orchestra will present its Fall Concert on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Spence Chapel Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.
The featured soloist for this performance is senior music performance major Matthew Pavon, who will play Bruch’s lyrical Romance for Viola and Orchestra.
Matthew is the son of José Angel Pavon and Consuelo Pavon of Rogers, Arkansas, and is supported by them in being the first in his family to attend college. After completing his baccalaureate degree, Matthew plans to pursue a master’s degree in viola performance as well as a degree in orchestral conducting (brief bio below).
The Evangel University Orchestra is under the direction of Dr. Larry Dissmore, who is in his 31st year on the Evangel faculty. The 40-member orchestra is comprised of student musicians pursuing majors in music, as well as a variety of other fields available at the University.
In addition to the solo piece, the Evangel University Orchestra will perform Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, portions of Khatchaturian’s Masquerade Suite, and selected movements from Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2 in C Minor.
Composed in 1809, Beethoven’s Egmont was written as incidental music to a play by Goethe. It depicts the deeds of the historical figure, Flemish nobleman, Count Egmont. Egmont organizes an opposition the Spanish overlords and is executed for the conspiracy. In the end, his death serves to inspire his countrymen to victory.
Tchaikovsky’s Second Symphony was composed 1872. It acquired the nickname, the “Little Russian Symphony” because of its use of the three Ukrainian folk songs.
Critics of this work have decried what they see as a weakness—the constant repetition of a simplistic theme in the final movement. However, Dr. Larry Dissmore sees this as the key to the excitement generated by the movement.
“Tchaikovsky does not repeat his theme exactly. Rather he subjects it to constant variation and development, eventually leading to a rousing conclusion,” said Dissmore.
Violist Matthew Pavon is a senior viola performance major. In high school, he was involved in the Rogers High School Orchestra; the Arkansas All Region and All State Orchestras in 2012 through 2015; and the Arkansas All State Chamber Orchestra and Ozarks Philharmonic Youth Orchestra in 2014 and 2015.
Since enrolling in Evangel University in the fall of 2015, Matthew has played with the Evangel University Orchestra, Sinfonia, Marching Band, and Symphonic Band. In the Springfield community, he has been a regular member of the Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra for two years.
In addition, he plays professionally as an on-call musician with the Springfield Symphony.
The Department of Music at Evangel University offers majors in music education, music performance, recording technology and worship leadership. Each program is carefully designed to ensure that students build strong musical skills, gain professional training and experience a wide range of musical activities.
The department is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and the Missouri Association of Departments & Schools of Music. For more information, contact Dr. Dissmore at (417) 865-2815, ext. 7214.