The Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Conductor Eric McIntyre, will present its Winter Concert, “Sounds Like Teen Spirit,” at 7:30 p.m. March 2 at Indian Hills Community College’s St. John Auditorium.
The evening’s program will include works by Mozart, Mendelssohn and Schubert that were created before each of the composers had reached age 20. From the youthful elegance of Mozart’s symphony to the surprising maturity of Mendelssohn’s overture and on to Schubert’s tip of the hat to Mozart, we encounter teens capable not only of creating well-structured, clever compositions, but also revealing, artistic vision well beyond their years.
In keeping with the teen spirit theme, two area young artists will be showcased. Mozart’s “non-piu andrai” from Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 will feature Caleb Maughan, baritone, from Albia. Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-flat Major, K. 271 features Ottumwa pianist Nathan Payne.
Caleb Maughan is a senior at Albia High School. He is involved in various extracurricular activities including track, cross country, swim team, choir, show choir, band, jazz band, speech and drama. As a sixth-grader in 2006, Maughan was accepted into Opus Honor Choir and then was accepted again in 2008. Once in high school, he auditioned and was accepted into the All-State Chorus as a sophomore in 2010 and again as a senior in 2012. Maughan also was accepted into the All-State Individual Speech Festival as a double qualifier in radio news announcing and acting in 2012. His future plans are to continue his education at Wartburg College and major in vocal performance.
Nathan Payne, a senior at Ottumwa Christian School, has played piano for several years, having studied under Cheryl Miller, Michael Philipsen and Marthana Newland. Payne also appears regularly with the Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra in the viola section, having studied with Steve Miller and Patty Babb, and plays viola in the Ottumwa High School Orchestra as well. He is a previous winner of the Young Artist competition and performed as a guest pianist with the orchestra in 2010.
The balance of the concert program will consist of Mozart’s Symphony in D, K. 196/121, Mendelssohn’s Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Op. 21, and Schubert’s Symphony No. 5 in B-flat, D. 485.
The concert is sponsored by gifts from the John Deere Foundation and the Rotary Club of Ottumwa.