The Ottumwa Courier

October 12, 2012

Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra brings ‘A Little Nightmare Music’ to life


Ottumwa Courier

OTTUMWA — The Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra will present its Fall Concert, “A Little Nightmare Music,” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27 in St. John Auditorium on Indian Hills Community College’s Ottumwa campus.

“With the symphony’s first concert of its 26th season so close to Halloween, it was just too tempting to serve up a menu of spooky delights,” said Eric McIntyre, director of music and conductor of the orchestra.

“The opportunity to feature piano soloist Réne Lecuona’s thrilling performance of Liszt’s creepy “Totentanz” is guaranteed to have everyone on the edge of their seats.”

Lecuona has received praise from critics in the United States and Europe. She has performed throughout the U.S., South America, Mexico and Italy.

Lecuona is active as a soloist and chamber musician. She recently performed the Grieg Piano Concerto with the University of Iowa Symphony Orchestra and Mozart’s Twso-Piano Concerto in E-flat with pianist Eugene Gaub and the Grinnell College Orchestra, under the direction of McIntyre.

During their Oct. 27 concert, the Ottumwa Symphony will also perform several other frightful favorites including “Witch’s Ride” from Hansel and Gretel, “Funeral March for a Marionette” by Gounod, “Vaise triste” by Sibelius, “Danse macabre” by Saint-Saens and “Orpheous in the Underworld Overture.”

The evening also will begin with a pre-concert dinner at 6 p.m. in the Indian Hills Dining Room. For reservations, call 641-777-5604 by Oct. 20. Dinner patrons may also view the Ann Klingensmith Art Exhibit in the Indian Hills Gallery.

The concert is being sponsored by the Principal Financial Group Foundation, Inc.