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USO offers "Sounds of Spring" in December

Nov. 20, 2006

KALAMAZOO--The University Symphony Orchestra will present "The Sounds of Spring" at 8:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. The concert is open to the public free of charge.

The concert will feature two orchestral works that take their inspiration from the spring season. Robert Schumann composed his first symphony in B-flat major and subtitled it the "Spring Symphony." The piece evokes the musical awakening of mother earth. Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov used the Russian Orthodox Easter church service as the basis for his "Russian Easter Overture." It incorporates actual Russian chants and themes with Rimsky-Korsakov's brilliant orchestration.

The University Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Bruce Uchimura, professor of music.

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

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