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ASU Fall Orchestra Concerts Promise Memorable Music

September 01, 2004

TEMPE, Ariz. – The fall orchestra schedule of the Herberger College School of Music will feature a variety of entertaining and enlightening concerts performed by three orchestras: the University Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra and the Sinfonietta.

The season will kick off with the Herberger College of Fine Arts’ 40th Birthday Concert, Encounters. The concert features distinguished artist in residence, the legendary Pulitzer-prize winning composer Gunther Schuller, as both composer and conductor. This will be the Southwest premiere of Schuller’s new orchestral composition, Encounters.

The fall season will come to a close with sound of sleigh bells as the University Symphony Orchestra and Choral Union come together to present a very special holiday concert. 
Timothy Russell, Director of orchestras, promises a one-of-a-kind season, with a variety of instruments, sounds and styles. “We have conceived of a series of musical events that showcase the across-the-board talent and range that make us a leading School of Music,” says Russell.

Complete fall orchestra season schedule is below. For more information on the orchestra season, the public should call (480) 965-TUNE or visit the Herberger College Web site at and click on “Things to Do.” All concerts are free except as noted.

Gunther Schuller and Mischa Semanitzky, guest conductors
Featuring: Kimberly Marshall, organ
VERDI – Overture to Nabucco
KHACHATURIAN – Symphony No. 3 
SCHULLER – Encounters (2003)
Friday, Sept. 17, 7:30 p.m. Gammage Auditorium

Music of Life and Death
ASU Parent’s Weekend
Lucy Shelton, Soprano, Robert Barefield, Baritone 
Featuring: ASU Choral Union
SHOSTAKOVICH – Symphony No. 2 (“October Revolution”)
LISZT – Les Preludes
FAURE – Requiem
Friday, Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m. Gammage Auditorium

A Symphonic Collage
Monday, Nov. 22, 7:30 p.m. Gammage Auditorium
Featuring: Shared program with Sinfonietta
WAGNER – Overture to The Flying Dutchman 
COPLAND – El Salon Mexico 
STRAUSS – Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks 
Monday, Nov. 22, 7:30 p.m. Gammage Auditorium

Holiday Concert
Sunday, Dec. 5, 2:30 p.m. Gammage Auditorium 
Timothy Russell and David Schildkret, conductors
Featuring: ASU Choral Union
HUMPERDINCK – “Evening Prayer and Dream Pantomime” from Hansel and Gretel
DELIUS – Sleigh Ride
LEROY ANDERSON – Bugler’s Holiday, Sleigh Ride & Christmas Festival
ADAM – O Holy Night
COURTNEY – Musicological Journey through the 12 Days of Christmas 
HANDEL (arr. Goossens) – Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah
Sunday, Dec. 5, 2:30 p.m. Gammage Auditorium 
Admission: $12.50 general, $7.50 students 
ASU Gammage Box Office: 480-965-3434,
Tickets also available at Herberger College Web site and Box Office

The School of Music in the Herberger College of Fine Arts at Arizona State University is ranked 19th in the country and eighth among public institutions by U.S.News & World Report. More than 100 music faculty artists and scholars work with approximately 800 music majors each year in research, performance and scholarly activities. It presents approximately 700 concerts and recitals each season. To learn more about the School of Music, visit

Media Contact:
Mica Matsoff
(480) 965-0478