Quincy Area Youth Orchestra and Quincy Symphony Orchestra to perform original work by Perry’s Camphouse
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By DAVID CAMPHOUSE
The Quincy Symphony Orchestra Association (QSOA) commissioned Pike County composer William Camphouse to write music for the Quincy Area Youth Orchestra (QAYO), which will be performed at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19 at Quincy Junior High.
The commissioned work created by Camphouse is “Brilliance,” a piece that reflects craftsmen laboring over newly mined rough stones carefully shaping them to a brilliant sparkle.
With that in mind, Camphouse re-purposed the familiar melody from Vivaldi’s “Spring” movement from the “Four Seasons” in a new setting for the QSOA’s 75th Diamond Anniversary. His efforts hone a 300-year-old classic with contemporary style to send bright, sparkling sounds from the stage to the ears of the audience. Both orchestras, youth and adults, will premiere this new work side-by-side under the direction of QAYO conductor, Dr. Richard Cangro.
Camphouse is engaged in music making with student, community-based and professional performing ensembles. In addition to experience as a public school music educator, he developed and led a comprehensive music program at Kaskaskia College in Centralia. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois, was awarded a Morris Doctoral Fellowship from Southern Illinois University and studied conducting with John Paynter (Northwestern University) and Katherine Comet (St. Louis Symphony).
He was awarded the Illinois Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity Outstanding Composition Award for his work Let Every Man Remember, a collaboration with the late Senator Paul Simon commemorating the life and times of abolitionist Elijah Lovejoy. He has appeared as a guest conductor at regional festivals, presented clinics at the Illinois Music Educators Association All-State Conference and composes pieces designed for developing string orchestras published by the Kjos Music Publishing Company.
Tickets for the concert will be available at the door or may be purchased in advance at Quincy County Market, Hy-Vee, or Sturhahn Jewelers. The cost is $18 for adults and $15 for seniors.
Thanks to support from the Tracy Family Foundation and Community Foundation, children 18 and under are admitted free to all QSO concerts and are encouraged to attend.
The performance is made possible, in part, by Concert Sponsor County Market, Music Sponsor IPI Wealth Management and Encore Symphony Volunteer Council.
All 75th Anniversary programs are made possible by Blessing Health System, the Knapheide Manufacturing Company, and grants from the Marion Gardner Jackson Charitable Trust, the Community Foundation, the Stillwell Foundation, and the Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency.