WMU News

University Symphony Orchestra performs Sunday

Feb. 5, 2003

KALAMAZOO -- Western Michigan University's Symphony Orchestra will present a special concert Sunday, Feb. 9, at 3 p.m. in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

For Sunday's concert, the University Symphony Orchestra will present a program of featuring a full symphony orchestra and a chamber orchestra, a smaller ensemble composed mainly of string instrumentalists.

"The effect will give the listener a chance to hear solo instruments much more clearly than they normally do, as well as enjoy the lush, full sound of a traditional symphony orchestra," says Bruce Uchimura, conductor of the University Symphony Orchestra and professor of cello in the WMU School of Music.

The program will open with the much-loved Overture to "A Midsummer Night's Dream" by Felix Mendelssohn. It is a fascinating musical depiction of the famous Shakespeare play, using the full symphony orchestra. A chamber orchestra will be featured in Suites No. 1 and No. 2 for Orchestra by Igor Stravinsky. The music masterfully combines solo instruments that present eight short musical movements depicting dances and folk music. The final work on the program will be the Symphony No. 4 in D Minor, Op. 120, by Robert Schumann. It is a passionate and richly romantic piece of music for the full symphony orchestra.

Media contact: Kevin West, 269 387-4678, kevin.west@wmich.edu

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