Springfield Symphony Orchestra to Premiere Work of Cedarville Professor

by Public Relations

The Springfield Symphony Orchestra will feature the world premiere of “The Great Divide,” a piece composed by Steve Winteregg, D.M.A., dean of Cedarville University’s College of Arts and Sciences. The orchestra will feature the work on Saturday, March 31 at 8 p.m.

Winteregg’s piece is based on C.S. Lewis’ book, “The Great Divorce.” Winteregg composed this piece a few years ago while staying in a boathouse on Lake Sebago in Maine. “Unlike commissioned pieces that are usually performed immediately after they are composed, I wrote this piece just because I wanted to,” he said. “Those pieces typically ‘sit’ a while until someone is willing to premiere them.”

Peter Stafford Wilson, conductor of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, told Winteregg he wanted the orchestra to perform one of Winteregg’s pieces. Wilson reviewed Winteregg’s pieces and decided to premiere “The Great Divide.”

This performance will complete a long process for Winteregg. “When you compose a piece, it never seems like the process is completed until the composition is performed,” he said. “If it is never performed, it is much like a painter creating a painting but never having anyone see it. For a composer it is even worse. Until it is performed, you never really get to hear it except what you've heard in your head.” Winteregg said he feels blessed when someone performs one of his pieces. “I am constantly reminded where my ability to compose comes from. When I compose and have a composition performed, I feel that in many respects I'm paying tribute to a creative God.”

Winteregg is the composer of four ballets and has had his orchestral pieces performed by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, The Delaware Symphony Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Augsburg Symphony Orchestra and the Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra. Winteregg will give a preconcert lecture about his piece at 7:15 p.m. in the Turner Studio.

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