The Southeastern Ohio Symphony Orchestra wrapped up their 2014-2015 concert season Sunday.
Beautiful sounds of piano and strings filled the tall ceilings and captivated the audience at Brown Chapel on the Muskingum University Campus. We had the chance to speak to Dr. Laura W. Schumann, Music Director and Conductor for the orchestra. Schumann described the evenings musical line up.
“Tonight’s a really cool eclectic mix. We have meditation from Thais which is from the 1800’s and it’s a really classical, standard tune that you would hear a lot played by violin. Spring, from ‘The Four Seasons’ in spite of the rain. So that’s from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, people know that really well and the second half is a Ashokan Farewell which comes from a PBS mini series and then some really cool jazz tunes that I play with the skull fiddle.”
Schumann’s encore piece was The Devil Went Down to Georgia. Schumann was also the violin soloist for the evenings performance. She expressed to us what it meant for her to be able to share her love of music those in attendance.
“This is part of our season and so this is the season finale concert and when I was thinking about what we should do, I had a lot of people that said, ‘hey, we want you to play your skull fiddle and we want to see you do things’ and so I thought, well, lets do something together where I get to play, because I don’t do it all the time with the symphony. I usually direct so in a different way I get to stand with myself facing the audience instead of turning my back to them and I get to play my instrument and have a great time with the musicians.”
Schumann says each of the concerts that were offered this season were very special. If you missed the concerts this year, tickets for next season are already on sale. All you have to do is visit the orchestras website: www.seoso.org