Marshall Philharmonoic Orchestra: Percussionist Zambito to be featured performer

Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Pete Zambito (Contributed photo)

The Marshall Philharmonic Orchestra will begin its 48th season Sunday, Oct. 31, with a special Halloween concert under the baton of conductor, Kevin Lines, according to a news release from the organization.

The concert will be held in the Harold L. Lickey Auditorium of Bueker Middle School in Marshall and will begin at 2:30 p.m.

This concert will feature Pete Zambito, marimba soloist, and many other Halloween musical treats.

Lines has always wanted to do a Halloween concert, but with the traditional season normally beginning in November, the opportunity had just never presented itself.

This year, with Halloween falling on the fifth Sunday in October and a relatively early holiday season to follow, it seemed like the perfect time to try an especially spooky program.

Lines said he had great fun selecting the music for this concert and even had to narrow it down a bit for an audience-friendly and performer-manageable program.

The Philharmonic has in store for its Halloween audience many of the all-time favorite freaky, scary and spooky classics including "Funeral March For A Marionette" (better known as the Alfred Hitchcock theme song), Grieg's famous "In the Hall of the Mountain King," Bach's pipe organ masterpiece "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor," Mussorsky's "Night on Bald Mountain," and the "Harry Potter Symphonic Suite" by famed movie composer, John Williams.

The Harry Potter selection not only fits in well with Sunday's themed concert, but also is quite timely with the next movie installment of the wildly popular J.K. Rowling book series less than three weeks away.

In addition to Lines' chosen repertoire, the Philharmonic's guest soloist and MPO percussionist, Pete Zambito, jumped at the chance to stick with the Halloween theme as well.

Zambito's solo selection with the orchestra will be "Fantasy on Japanese Woodprints," which was originally written for Yoichi Hiraoka and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Seija Ozawa in 1964.

This selection is a very difficult and beautiful work of musical art and will pleasantly surprise and thrill the highly sophisticated MPO audience member, according to MPO officials.

Zambito has been a superb addition to the percussion section of the orchestra the past five years, driving in for both practices and performances from outside the Columbia area.

His immense talent and loyalty given to the orchestra definitely qualifies him to be an official MPO treasure and an honorary Marshall citizen, MPO officials said.

Zambito is currently an assistant professor of music, the percussion instructor, and drumline instructor for the Blue Tiger Marching Band of Lincoln University in Jefferson City.

He also teaches applied lessons, percussion techniques classes, the percussion ensemble and serves as the director for the Sacred Music Internship Program at Lincoln University.

Previous to his appointment in Jefferson City, he was the director of MU Steel and was also the director of the percussion program at Concord University in Athens, W.Va.

He has toured extensively throughout the southeast and midwest as a marimbist and is also a commissioned composer of many percussion works available through C. Alan Publications.

To sum up Sunday's concert Lines states, "If mystery, fear, and darkness is your 'cup of tea' or rather should one say, your 'cauldron of brew,' you will not be disappointed. Young and old alike will be entertained thoroughly with a musical potion of minor chords, major suspense and diminished tremolos, all magically stirred together with augmented excitement.

"The Marshall Philharmonic is honored to continually offer its patrons this excellent and unique musical tradition, in bringing free, live, symphonic music close to home in small town, rural America. Please join us in enjoying, promoting, and supporting your Philharmonic in its upcoming 48th Season."

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  • What a wonderful selection of Halloween music! I'm so sorry I won't be in Marshall to see this - I love "Hall of the Mountain King"!

    -- Posted by koeller77 on Wed, Oct 27, 2010, at 9:24 AM
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