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Three EIU Music Ensembles to Join Forces for 'Mostly Mozart'


Magie SmithThree of Eastern Illinois University's premier music ensembles will present music by one of the world's greatest composers in their "Mostly Mozart" concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16.

The 4 p.m. concert -- featuring the Eastern Symphony Chamber Orchestra, Collegium Musicum (Early Music Ensemble) and Concert Choir, as well as special guest artist Magie Smith on clarinet -- will be held in Dvorak Concert Hall, Doudna Fine Arts Center.

Selections are to include Mozart's Eine Kleine Nacht Musik, "Ave Verum” and Regina Coeli, K276 in C Major, and "Movement II: Adagio" from his Clarinet Concerto in A Major, KV 622.

“Mozart in his music was probably the most reasonable of the world’s great composers," Aaron Copland once wrote. "It is the happy balance between flight and control, between sensibility and self-discipline, simplicity and sophistication of style that is his particular province. ... Mozart tapped once again the source from which all music flows, expressing himself with a spontaneity and refinement and breath-taking rightness that has never since been duplicated.”

Magie Smith, the concert's guest artist, joined the faculty at EIU in 2006. Smith, who has been an active solo, orchestral and chamber musician, holds a master's degree in clarinet performance from The Ohio State University, where she is also currently a doctoral candidate.

While at Ohio State, Smith served as the graduate teaching associate for the clarinet studio and also held responsibilities in the music education department.  She also holds a bachelor's degree in clarinet performance from Western Kentucky University. Her principal teachers include John Carmichael, Tod Kerstetter, Lee Levine and James Pyne.

Admission will be $12 for the general public, $10 for senior citizens and EIU employees, and $5 for students. Advance tickets are available in the Doudna Fine Arts Center box office (217-581-3110) from 2 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, or one hour before each performance. Tickets may also be reserved via email at

The Doudna Fine Arts Center, a division of EIU's College of Arts and Humanities, is located one block west of Ninth Street at Garfield Avenue in Charleston.

Doudna Fine Arts Center public arts programs are funded by the New and Emerging Artists Series Endowment, by the Excellence in Fine Arts Fund, and by the EIU departments and other patrons as listed. The Eastern Symphony Orchestra is sponsored in part by the Charleston Area Charitable Foundation.

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