Kearney Symphony Orchestra (KSO) Performs ‘Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed’ on Tuesday, March 2

Dr. Ron Crocker
Kearney Symphony Orchestra director, 308.865.8618

UNK – The Kearney Symphony Orchestra (KSO) will present a concert titled, “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed” on Tuesday, March 2, in the University of Nebraska at Kearney Fine Arts Recital Hall.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. with “something old,” including a piece titled “Overture to the Opera Der Freischutz.” “Something new” will feature a composition written by Dr. Darleen Mitchell, UNK associate professor of music, titled, “Music of the Upper Worlds.” The composition will be performed by Dr. Ting-Lan Chen, UNK associate professor, on violin.

“Ever since Dr. Ting-Lan Chen arrived at UNK, I have wanted to write a violin concerto for her,” Dr. Mitchell said. “The concerto is cast as a traditional three-movement work, and after a flourish by the violin solo, the woodwinds present the main theme.”

After intermission, KSO will perform their “something borrowed” section, which includes several Mozart compositions.

According to Dr. Ron Crocker, KSO director, a little more digging was required to justify the borrowing in the case of “something borrowed.”

“There are numerous examples of borrowing found both in operatic story lines and in the musical content used by composers, who frequently recycled their music, borrowing motives and themes from one work to create another,” Dr. Crocker said. “Mozart ‘borrowed’ musical themes from himself all the time.”

The program will conclude with “something blue,” featuring the “Blue Danube Waltz, Op. 314” and “Blue Towers.”

General admission tickets are $8 for the general public, and free for UNK students and faculty. Reservations can be made by contacting the UNK Box Office at 308.865.8417 from 12:30-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday or 12-4 p.m. on Friday. Tickets can also be purchased one hour before the performance or by e-mail at

The Kearney Symphony Orchestra is an organization for string, wind, brass and percussion players who want to perform and continue to improve musically. The orchestra provides symphonic concerts and activities for university and community members in central Nebraska, while providing opportunities for members of the community, university and other students to participate in a symphony orchestra. The orchestra has members of all ages.