Sunday, February 13, 2011

Beethoven's Fifth To Be Performed In Cookeville

You've probably heard the first four notes of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony at some point in your life. During WWII, it was used in Great Britain to inspire victory (the "dot-dot-dot-dash" rhythm was V for victory in Morse code). In the 1970s, Walter Murphy and the Big Apple Band made a disco arrangement of it called "A fifth of Beethoven." Looney Toons has used it, and the list goes on. In what Dan Allcott calls a "major performance milestone" for the University Orchestra at Tennessee Tech University, the all-student group will perform Beethoven's notorious work in concert on Thursday, Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m.

"A major work like this shows how far the string area in the music department has come in the past few years," said Allcott. "It is considered a major piece of the orchestral literature, and requires precision, flexibility and stamina. We've grown this orchestra to the point where we are ready for this," he added. "The University Orchestra is akin to a baseball team. To make a run at a championship, the recruiting and retention of players has to be just right. This is the time for us to do this. It's a great group of students."

In addition to the many music majors in the orchestra there are many non-majors in the orchestra who play for the love of music. The concert is free and open to the public.