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The Lafayette Orchestra, Chamber Wind Ensembles, and Concert Band will perform individual programs 3 p.m. Sunday at the Williams Center for the Arts.

Free and open to the public, the concert is sponsored by Lafayette’s music department. A reception will follow.

Led by Marka Young, director of string ensembles, the orchestra will open by performing Mozart’s Quartet #12 in G major, k. 156, and selections from Edward Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite #1 and Gustav Holst’s Brook Green Suite.

“The Lafayette Orchestra is made up of students and players from the Easton community and welcomes new members,” says Young. “We have a busy performing schedule this semester. In addition to Sunday’s concert, the Orchestra will be joining the Lafayette College Choir with completely new repertoire for holiday concerts on December 7 and 8.”

Students led by Susan Charlton, director of Chamber Wind Ensembles, will play next. A woodwind trio will perform Divertimento #3 in Bb (Allegro, Adagio, Rondo) by Mozart, a clarinet quartet will present “Escapades” (“Doia,” “Blues,” “Arcade,” “Cup”) by Gaston Nuyts, and a flute choir will play “Bourree” by Bach, “Reflections” by Ricky Lombardo, and Overture to “The Magic Flute” by Mozart.

The Concert Band will perform “A Christmas Festival Overture” (1952) by Leroy Anderson, “Crystals” (“Dark Ice,” “Underwater Rubies,” “Cyanide,” “Monolith,” 1985) by Thomas C. Duffy, and “1812” Overture in Eb Major, Opus 49 (1880) by P.I. Tchaikovsky, translated by Torhu Takahashi.

“I chose these pieces because they all have a certain amount of tintinabulation (bell ringing), from the subtle chimes and sleigh bells in Leroy Anderson’s ‘A Christmas Festival’ to the peeling of church bells in the latter section of Tchaikovsky’s most famous piece,” says Tom DiGiovanni ’96, Concert Band director. “’Crystals’ is a one-movement tone poem in four sections which, among other things, asks the musicians to whistle, sing, play wine glasses, and play a gong submersed in water.”

For more information, call Bonnie Robbins, music department secretary, at (610) 330-5356.

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