JMU and Langley High School Make Music Together

JMU and Langley High School Make Music Together

On Wednesday, Nov. 13, the Langley High School Orchestra will present a side-by-side concert with the James Madison University Orchestra. This concert is a special opportunity for each of the Langley Orchestras to perform with members of the James Madison University Orchestra. The concert is at 7 p.m. in the Langley Auditorium.

The concert will be conducted by Foster Beyers, the recently-appointed Director of Orchestras and Assistant Professor of Orchestral Conducting at James Madison University, and Langley Orchestra Conductor Dr. Scott McCormick.

One highlight of the concert will be Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique ("An Episode in the Life of an Artist"), Opus 14. Composed in 1830, Symphonie Fantastique is known for its hallucinatory and dream-like nature. Berlioz’s piece was inspired by the Irish actress Harriet Smithson after he attended Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” when she played the role of Ophelia.

Another highlight that will be played by the James Madison University Orchestra is Rebecca Clarke’s Viola Sonata. This viola and piano piece is regarded as one of the greatest of the 20th century and is Clarke’s best-known work.

Come support both the James Madison University and Langley High School Orchestras on Nov. 13 as they collaborate on making engaging music.