The University of Findlay Orchestra will feature Franz Liszt’s “Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2,” at its annual fall concert on Sunday, December 4. Doors will open at 2:30 p.m. and the performance will start at 3 p.m. in Winebrenner Theological Seminary’s TLB Auditorium. The event is open to the public.
Tickets have no cost but are required for the event. Tickets can be obtained at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts by visiting marathoncenterarts.org, calling 419-423-2787, or at the door.
Thomas Carey will conduct. Liszt’s “Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2” was originally written for solo piano, but the arrangement for string orchestra retains much of its dramatic and playful character. Piano and orchestral versions of the piece have been used in dozens of films and cartoons since 1929 when first “performed” by Mickey Mouse. “Hungarian Rhapsody” has been used as a comic vehicle by many, from the Marx Brothers to Bugs Bunny and the Muppets, and was a longtime staple in performances by musical comic Victor Borge.
Other featured music by the orchestra will include “Allegro Giocoso” from Symphony No. 4 by Johannes Brahms, Morton Gould’s “Elegy for String Orchestra,” “Cakewalk” by Hershy Kay, and other light classics and holiday favorites.
The University of Findlay Orchestra was created in 2009 and includes more than fifty string players who range from University students and staff to community members. The orchestra performs twice each year.