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Appalachian Symphony Orchestra premieres new work Dec. 3

BOONE—The Appalachian Symphony Orchestra at Appalachian State University will premiere William G. Harbinson’s “Kallalanta” during a Dec. 3 concert in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall.

James Allen Anderson is the conductor.

The performance begins at 2 p.m. Admission is free.

Harbinson is dean of Appalachian’s Mariam Cannon Hayes School of Music. “Kallalanta” is an overture for symphonic orchestra. It was composed in honor of Mariam Cannon Hayes. Harbinson says, “Mrs. Hayes is a multi-faceted woman: business leader, philanthropist and family matriarch. With that in mind, my idea was to compose a work that expressed, in a general manner, a diversity of moods or characters. ‘Kallalanta’ is at various times serene, romantic, energetic and playful.” The composition takes its name from Hayes’ summer home in Blowing Rock.

The orchestra also will perform “Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra” by Henri Frédien Tomasi. Harold McKinney is the soloist for the composition.

Also on the program is George Gershwin’s “Lullaby,” a composition originally written for string quartet.

The program concludes with Bedrich Smetana’s “Vltava (The Moldau).” Smetana was one of the most important composers in establishing a Czech nationalist style in the mid-19th century, particularly in opera. “The Moldau” is named for the river which runs through Prague.