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Waynesburg U. to host Chamber Orchestra

Apr 5, 2023

The Waynesburg University Chamber Orchestra will hold a concert Thursday, April 13, at 7 p.m. in Roberts Chapel. Camilo Jauregui-Rubio and Sara Beattie will serve as the directors.

The Chamber Orchestra is comprised of a three-section cello choir and one violin section.

The diverse pieces performed reflect many of the moods that Cello music can portray: from the Baroque Era, with the popular "Prelude" from the “Suite in G Major” for unaccompanied cello by Bach, through the early 20th Century "Prelude" from “5 Pieces for 2 Violins and Piano” by Shostakovich, which balances pensive Russian melancholy with Viennese good cheer, to the contemporary “Wednesday Plays the Cello” from the new Netflix series “Wednesday” that uses the rock song "Paint It Black" as the basis for a virtuoso cello concerto-like piece.

The Pre-Twinkle Class will play a short piece before the concert.

For each class, Beattie teaches music themed for the season or holiday. In January, she played "Ice, Ice Baby" for students in her Pre-Twinkle String Class in the Fine Arts Academy. There are many elements in the song students can listen for, such as shakers playing 8th notes at the beginning, claps on the off-beats, the notes "G" and "A" on the keyboard, and of course, the phrase "Ice, Ice Baby."

From these basic elements, Beattie put together an arrangement for the students to perform. Each student has one verse to perform while Beattie performs the bass line on the cello.

The Fine Arts Academy is designed to teach students music and the arts. The Pre-Twinkle class is specifically designed to get young students started on learning a string instrument.  Each semester, students in Greene County can take various classes and lessons in Music and Art.

Fine Arts Academy

Take a look at all the Fine Arts Academy at Waynesburg University has to offer.