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Symphonic Band to perform in Italy

February  04, 2011

The Augustana Symphonic Band performs at Orchestra Hall in Chicago in April 2010. (Photo courtesy Todd Gustafson)

The Augustana College Symphonic Band will travel to Italy to perform four concerts in mid-February. The nine-day tour includes stops in Venice, Florence, Pisa and Rome, in addition to other cities.

The concerts will feature both American and Italian music and will be performed for a variety of audiences, ranging from townspeople to college students. This is the first time the Symphonic Band has traveled to Italy to perform.

"We hope that through this cultural sharing of our common love of music that our students will be able to interact and touch the lives of Italians," said Dr. James Lambrecht, director of the Symphonic Band. "This kind of experience enables our students to learn firsthand about Italy, its people, culture, and history -- one of the richest in Western civilization."

Student Katrina Jensen's Italy Tour Blog

The Augustana Symphonic Band will play in a variety of venues; one that is particularly interesting is Lucca, a city enclosed by walls in the Tuscany region. The 80-member band will perform at the Auditorium San Romano in Lucca, which used to be the main church home of Napoleon's sister. The elevated box where she attended mass is still standing. Lucca also is the birthplace of the famous Italian opera composer Giacomo Puccini.

In honor of their host city's history, the band members will perform an arrangement of melodies taken from Giacomo Puccini's final opera, Turandot. This will include the famous aria "Nessun Dorma," most notably performed by the world-renowned tenor Luciano Pavarotti.

The Symphonic Band will wrap up its tour with a home concert in Centennial Hall at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 12. Admission is free.

Sam Schlouch
Manager, Arts Events and Communication
(309) 794-7833
samschlouch@augustana.edu