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ASU Herberger College School of Music Announces Spring Orchestra Schedule

January 10, 2005

TEMPE, Ariz. – The ASU Herberger College School of Music orchestra program, which has established itself as a local favorite, will feature a variety of rich concerts performed by three orchestras: the University Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra and the Sinfonietta.

Timothy Russell, director of orchestras, promises a season distinguished by diversity, talent and exceptional guest artists.

The University Symphony Orchestra Spring offerings will commence with Regina Carter, jazz violinist, and her quintet on Monday, Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Orpheum Theatre in Phoenix.

The season continues with “Human Songs and Stories & Music of Philip Glass” on Saturday, April 2 at 7:30 p.m. at ASU’s Gammage Auditorium. The evening includes work by Daniel Roumain as well as Philip Glass and his music from the movie “The Hours.”

Phoenix audiences also will have the opportunity to attend a joint program offered by the ASU Chamber Orchestra and the ASU Concert Choir. The Bach B minor Mass will be presented at Trinity Cathedral in downtown Phoenix on Monday, March 7 and Tuesday March 8 at 7:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, April 26, the ASU Sinfonietta and the ASU Chamber Orchestra will present music from some of the world’s most beloved operas during “A Night at the Opera: Cherished Moments from the Stage.” Some of the night’s selections include music from CarmenThe Magic Flute and Samson and Dalila.

Complete spring orchestra season schedule is below. For more information on the orchestra season, the public should call (480) 965-TUNE (8863) or visit the Herberger College Web site at and click on “Things to Do.” All concerts are free except as noted.

University Symphony Orchestra
Feb. 7, 7:30 p.m. Orpheum Theatre, Phoenix

Admission: $25 general, $12.50 students
Call Orpheum Box Office, 602-534-5600 or Public Events Box Office, 480-965-3434
With Regina Carter, jazz violinist, and her Quintet. ASU string faculty soloists: Danwen Jiang, violin; Katie McLin, violin; and Thomas Landschoot, cello. Selections include Brubeck’s “Interplay” for three violins and orchestra, plus music by Ellington, Faure, Gershwin, Piazolla, and others.

Sinfonietta: Light Classics and American Pop Favorites
Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m. Orpheum Theatre, Phoenix, free

Program includes “Star Spangled Banner”; music by Aaron Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man, “Saturday Night Waltz” from Rodeo, “Prairie Night” and “Celebration Dance” from Billy the Kid; Haydn’s “Clock” Symphony, Barcarolle and Intermezzo from Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffman; Strauss’ “Thunder and Lightning Polka”; music from My Fair Lady; “Battle Hymn of the Republic”; and Sousa marches, including “Stars and Stripes Forever.”

Chamber Orchestra with Concert Choir
Monday, March 7 and Tuesday, March 8, 7:30 p.m. 

Trinity Cathedral, downtown Phoenix
Admission: $12.50 general, $7.50 students
Call Herberger College Box Office 480-965-6447
Program features Bach’s B minor Mass.

University Symphony Orchestra: Human Songs and Stories & Music of Philip Glass
April 2, 7:30 p.m. Gammage Auditorium

Admission: $25 general, $12.50 students
Call Public Events Box Office, 480-965-3434
Michael Riesman, piano. Rebecca Foreman, harp. Selections include Daniel Roumain’s “Human Songs and Stories; and Philip Glass’ music from The Hours.

Chamber Orchestra and Sinfonietta: A Night at the Opera; Cherished Moments from the Stage
April 26, 7:30 p.m. Gammage Auditorium, free

Dan O’Bryant, guest conductor. ASU Concert of Soloists winner featured. Selections include Beethoven’s Coriolanus Overture, Mozart’s Symphony No. 35; the Bacchanale from Samson and Dalila by Saint-Saens; music from Mozart’s The Magic Flute and music from Bizet’s Carmen.

University Symphony Orchestra with ASU Choral Union, Concert Choir and University Choir: 
May 1, 2:30 p.m. Gammage Auditorium

Admission: FREE

Call Public Events Box Office, 480-965-3434
Timothy Russell and David Schildkret, conductors. ASU Concert of Soloists Winner featured. Selections include Berlioz’s Roman Carnival Overture and Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky.

Media Contact:
Mica Matsoff
(480) 965-0478