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University Symphony Orchestra debuts season Oct. 8

Oct. 3, 2000

KALAMAZOO -- The Western Michigan University Symphony Orchestra will open its 2000­01 season on Sunday, Oct. 8, beginning at 3 p.m. in Miller Auditorium. Admission is free.

Conductor Bruce Uchimura has programmed works by famous composers of the Romantic era who represent a variety of countries. These masters of orchestration include Antonin Dvo_ák (Czechoslovakia), Modest Mussorgsky (Russia), and Karol Szymanowski (Poland).

One of the works, Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, was originally a piano work, but has been masterfully orchestrated by Maurice Ravel. It was written by Mussorgsky in memory of his good friend, visual artist Victor Hartman.

Sunday's concert will also feature piano soloist David Gross, a resident artist at Western Michigan University, performing Szymanowski's Symphony No. 4 for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 60. Gross is an active performer in Europe and the U.S. and a prize-winner at international piano competitions in Marsala, Italy, and Bremen, Germany.

The concert will open with Dvo_ák's Carnaval Overture, Op. 92.

Media contact: Kevin West; 616 387-4678; kevin.west@wmich.edu

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