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Evangel University Orchestra & Sinfonia to perform amazing music

Published on Feb 13, 2018 by Paul K. Logsdon

The Evangel University Orchestra and Sinfonia will present a joint concert on Feb. 27, with a program that includes classical selections, as well as folk/popular music arrangements for chamber orchestra.

The concert will be on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. in the Barnett Recital Hall. Admission is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

The University Orchestra will perform various movements from Handel’s Music from the Royal Fireworks and the Water Music Suites. In addition, the Orchestra will perform Ravel’s Pavane for a Dead Princess, and Schubert’s Symphony No. 5 in B-flat.

The Sinfonia’s portion of the concert will feature its trumpet section in Leroy Anderson’s Bugler’s Holiday. They will also perform Michael W. Smith’s Irish folk tune, Hibernia, and an arrangement of the traditional American hymn Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing.

The program is under the direction of Dr. Larry Dissmore, director of orchestral activities and professor of violin and viola at Evangel since 1988.

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The Evangel University Sinfona, under the direction of Dr. Larry Dissmore (back, right) will perform with the Evangel Orchestra on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m. // PHOTO BY: Michelle Retherford (CLICK TO ENLARGE)

Opportunities to excel

Both the Orchestra and Sinfonia appear regularly in concerts on campus and in the Springfield community.

The 32 members of the Sinfonia are selected by audition. The group has toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe under its former name, Concert Orchestra. The Sinfonia performs music designed for use in churches, schools and concert halls.

The 40-member University Orchestra is comprised of students pursuing majors in music, as well as a variety of other fields available at the University. Its repertoire includes a wide range of music drawn from the standard orchestral literature.

As a violinist, Dissmore has performed with the Excelsis Trio for more than 20 years and currently serves as the Principal Second Violinist with the Springfield Symphony.

In the commercial arena, Dissmore has performed with such varied entertainers as Johnny Mathis, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Price, Kenny Rogers, Leslie Uggams, Regis & Kathy Lee, John Tesch, Mel Torme, Daniel O’Donnell and many others.

The Department of Music at Evangel University offers majors in music education, music performance, recording technology and worship leadership. 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.