SEPTEMBER 5, 2004 — GREENCASTLE, IND. — The DePauw School of Music presents the DePauw University Orchestra in its opening concert of the academic year on Sunday, September 19, featuring the first performance of a new work by a recent DePauw graduate. Under the direction of Orcenith Smith, the Orchestra will present Of Dreams Eternal by 2003 DePauw graduate, Daniel Reck.The work is a musical tribute to the life of Douglas Jeffries, who was graduated in the same year with a degree in computer engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute. A member of the Rose-Hulman Pep Band and DePauw’s Tiger Pep Band, he was killed in February in a weather-related automobile accident.
Reck received word of the accident as he was putting the final touches on his composition. “From the start, Of Dreams Eternal was intended to be a celebration of dreams and life,” Reck says, “It isn’t a memorial, but a fitting portrait of Doug’s life. He touched a lot of people.”
"The students suddenly came face-to-face with an enormous personal tragedy and Daniel wanted to find a way to honor their feelings for the young man by creating music, something they all shared," explains Smith. "Of Dreams Eternal is a musical tribute that is noble, energetic and uplifting."
Also on the program will be the “Overture” to the opera Orpheus in the Underworld by French composer Jacques Offenbach. Orpheus will be presented in full in February by the DePauw Opera. The final work on the program will be music from A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Felix Mendelssohn, originally composed as incidental music for a production of Shakespeare’s play by the same name.
The orchestra’s performance, held in Kresge Auditorium of DePauw’s Performing Arts Center, will begin at 3:00 PM. The concert is free and open to the general public.