Submitted by Emanuel Costache

April 2, 2008
Contact: Sara Leonard
Concert and Production Manager


AMHERST, Mass.—The Amherst College Symphony Orchestra, led by Mark Lane Swanson, music director, will perform their spring concert on Sunday, April 13, 2008 at 7:30 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. Tickets for the performance—which will feature Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony in C Minor—are free, and seating is unreserved.

The concert will open with Charles Ives’ self-described “contemplation” and “cosmic landscape,” The Unanswered Question, followed by contemporary composer John Adams’ heart-breaking setting of Walt Whitman’s poem The Wound Dresser. Continuing the music department’s semester-long survey of the topic of music and war, The Wound Dresser is Whitman’s autobiographical description of tending to maimed and dying Union soldiers during the Civil War. Amherst student Benjamin Abelson ’08, trumpet, will solo in the Ives piece, and Boston University voice instructor Kyle Ferrill, baritone, will solo in the Adams work. Daniel Curtis ’08 conducts the orchestra in both pieces.

“Thus fate knocks on the door.” That allegedly is how Beethoven described the powerful salvo that opens the most celebrated work in the classical literature, his Fifth Symphony in C minor. The well-loved symphony will conclude the April 13 concert and will be conducted by Swanson.

While tickets for the spring concert are free to all and seating is unreserved, early arrival at the event is highly recommended. For more information, please e-mail