Daily Local News (West Chester, PA)

Annual children’s concert ‘The Composer Is Dead ‘coming to Immaculata

Murder mystery for audience to solve


The Immaculata Symphony will hold its annual children’s concert, “The Composer is Dead,” on Sunday, Feb. 26, at 3 p.m. in Alumnae Hall on the campus of Immaculata University. The Immaculata Symphony is a university-community organizati­on, with a long and outstandin­g tradition that goes back to the university’s founding in 1920.

Co-conducted by Robert Frazier and Mark Cellini, children will find enjoyment in this exciting and perplexing murder mystery with music composed by Nathaniel Stookey. Based on the book by Lemony Snicket (author of “A Series of Unfortunat­e Events”) the audience helps solve the mystery by joining the inspector (played by Joseph Gehring) as he interrogat­es all the unusual suspects. Since each section of the orchestra seems to have a motive or alibi, “The Composer is Dead” will keep everyone guessing who is responsibl­e until the very end. Also on the program is Gioachino Rossini’s familiar Overture to “The Barber of Seville.”

Joseph Gehring, chair of the Music Department and director of ensembles at Immaculata University, was appointed music director of the Immaculata Symphony in 2011. He actively conducts the West Chester Band and Chesco Pops Orchestra and is a frequent guest conductor of various honor/festival bands and orchestras throughout Pennsylvan­ia and Delaware. He earned a Master of Music Performanc­e degree in orchestral conducting and serves as associate faculty in music at Immaculata.

Cost for the concert is $10 for all adults and free for students and children. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis. More informatio­n and to order tickets, visit www. immaculata­symphony.org.

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SUBMITTED PHOTO The Immaculata Symphony will hold its annual children’s concert Feb. 26.

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