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UWSO 2017/18

10 Oct 2017 FREE CONCERT

Everyone is invited to play in the FREE CONCERT )))

Sibelius FINLANDIA

Johann Strauss RADETSKY MARCH

Richard Strauss ALSO SPRACH ZARATHUSTRA (opening)

Khachaturian ADAGIO from SPARTACUS

Puccini HUMMING CHORUS from MADAMA BUTTERFLY

Verdi CHORUS OF HEBREW SLAVES from NABUCCO

Carl Orff O FORTUNA from CARMINA BURANA

Cole Porter ANOTHER OPENIN', ANOTHER SHOW from KISS ME KATE

[Wind Brass auditions are Friday of week 2]

Term 1 Repertoire

Beethoven MASS IN C

John Adams ABSOLUTE JEST

Shostakovich SYMPHONY NO. 5

Hely-Hutchinson CAROL SYMPHONY

Concert on Sun 3 Dec 4pm

Carol Service on Tues 5 Dec 7.30pm

Term 2 Repertoire

Dvorak NEW WORLD SYMPHONY

Dvorak TE DEUM

Smetana VLTAVA from MA VLAST

Parry JERUSALEM

FUSED 7 Pieces

[Chamber Orchestra J S Bach ST JOHN PASSION]

Concerts on Wed 14 Feb and Sun 4 Mar 2018

Tour to PRAGUE 16 - 23 Mar 2018

Term 3 Repertoire

Tchaikovsky 1812 OVERTURE

Beethoven SYMPHONY NO. 9

Concert on Sun 24 June 2018 4pm

Musicians

Unauditioned strings; woodwind and brass auditioned after the free concert at the start of term one. Over one hundred musicians from the student body, as well as some University staff. Conducted by the Director of Music and Assistant Director of Music. A free concert is given in the second week of the year, and all are welcome to join in.

Repertoire

Our repertoire is varied, recently including symphonies by Bruckner, Dvorák, Brahms, Shostakovich, Sibelius, Beethoven and Mahler. Other works include Verdi's Requiem, Tippett's A Child of Our Time, Elgar's Enigma Variations, Holst's Planets Suite) Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, and the operas Carmen and Yevgeny Onegin.

Rehearsals

The Symphony Orchestra meets weekly on Tuesdays between 7 and 9.40 pm, from the first week of the academic year.

Tours

We have regular tours abroad with venues recently including Prague, Vienna, Bratislava, Lyon, Budapest, Krakow and the unforgettable town of Ryazan in Russia, where we participated in the televised celebrations of the town's 900th anniversary. We also played at the wedding of one of India's wealthiest businessmen (all expenses paid!), flying out to Lucknow in India to play on a purpose-built revolving stage in front of 10,000 people.

Concerts

We perform concerts at least once a term in the Butterworth Hall, as well as in venues further afield, including Symphony Hall, Birmingham and the new Bridgewater Hall, Manchester. The Symphony Orchestra performs regularly with the University Chorus, and with professional vocal and instrumental soloists and choirs (recently including the City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus).

 

 


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