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USO presents all-Tchaikovsky Sunday concert

Oct. 12, 2006

KALAMAZOO--The University Symphony Orchestra will present an all-Tchaikovsky program for its first concert of the 2006-07 season beginning at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, in Miller Auditorium at Western Michigan University. Admission is free and the public is welcome.

The program will include some of Tchaikovsky's best-loved and well-known orchestral pieces, including the Overture-Fantasy to "Romeo and Juliet;" "Marche Slave," Opus 31; and "Symphony No. 5 in e minor," Opus 64.

Inspired by Shakespeare's romantic tragedy, Tchaikovsky composed "Romeo and Juliet" to depict the wide range of moods and emotions present in the play. "Marche Slave" incorporates some of Tchaikovsky's most memorable melodies with Russian Folk music, and the monumental Symphony No. 5 is full of themes of fate.

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

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