|ISU orchestra to perform Valentine's Day concert|
|Written by Sam Schild, Daily Vidette Senior Staff|
|Thursday, 12 February 2009 18:00|
Those looking for a romantic evening of music this Valentine's Day need look no further.
Just ask Mike Palagi, a junior technology education major, who is in this very situation. "I am still trying to figure out what I will do to celebrate this Valentine's Day with my girlfriend," he said when asked of his plans for this weekend.
Palagi shares the same problems that many will face this Valentine's Day. And that problem is "to figure out something fun to do that isn't just dinner and a movie," Palagi said.
Those who, like Palagi, find themselves searching for an original date idea for this Valentine's Day weekend do not even need to venture off campus. All they must do is walk to the ISU Center For Performing Arts.
The eighth annual "Music For Lovers and Other Strangers" will take place this Friday, Feb. 13. The event starts at 8 p.m. and will feature approximately 90 minutes of music with a 15 -minute intermission.
Glenn Block, Director of Orchestras and Opera at ISU, said, "All the music [that will be played at the performance] is inspired by love, the quest, the loss and the desire for love."
"This is a particularly romantic evening," Block said. "This event has 'a history of people proposing marriage at this event,'" Block added.
The ISU Symphony Orchestra will perform the music for this night of love. The orchestra consists of 80 undergraduate and graduate students in the School of Music, "with selected non-music majors who audition," Block added.
The symphony orchestra consists of students playing strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, harp and keyboard. Though the orchestra consists entirely of students, there will be faculty members performing in this performance as well, but "only as soloists," Block said.
"We have the ISU artist voice faculty joining us in singing selected arias and love songs with the orchestra," Block added.
These faculty members will add their expertise in singing to make the performance even more memorable.
During the intermission there will be a dessert bar available. Pastries and coffee will be available for patrons for an additional cost.
Sweets will add to what Block described as what is already "a particularly romantic evening." After enjoying some delicious pastries and coffee, the lovebirds can go back to enjoying more music performed by the orchestra.