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ASU Orchestra Program Presents Season of Musical Tributes

August 12, 2005

TEMPE, Ariz. - This year the ASU Orchestra Program will honor the sounds and songs of artistic icons from throughout the ages, including Blake Edwards, Johannes Brahms, the Aeolian-Skinner Organ, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Rafael Mendez and Gustav Mahler with a season of musical tributes.

The season will kick off with "A Musical Tribute to Blake Edwards." The ASU Symphony Orchestra, directed by Timothy Russell, will perform music from the movies of the famed writer and director, who will be in attendance to receive an honorary doctoral degree from ASU. The evening will feature soprano Monica Mancini, daughter of composer Henry Mancini. Movie and music lovers will enjoy themes from Peter Gunn and The Pink Panther ; music from Wild Rovers, classics like Moon River, Days of Wine and Roses, Bolero, and moreMichael Dixon, KTAR radio host and regular contributor to KBAQ and KAET programs, will narrate.

Timothy Russell, Director of Orchestras, promises a one-of-a-kind season, with a variety of instrument colors, sounds and styles. "We have conceived of a series of musical events that will not only entertain and enlighten our audiences, but will showcase the talent and range of our orchestras," says Russell.

The ASU Orchestra season features entertaining concerts by three orchestras: the University Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra, and the Sinfonietta.

Complete 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 All concerts are free except as noted.

A Season 0f Musical Tributes

Timothy Russell, conductor

Friday, September 23, 2005; 7:30 p.m. - Gammage Auditorium
A Musical Tribute to Blake Edwards
Monica Mancini, soprano
Michael Dixon, narrator

Main Themes from Peter Gunn Pink Panther and Mr. Lucky
Bronco Bustin' from Wild Rovers
Days of Wine and Roses
Le Jazz Hot from Victor/Victoria
Whistling Away the Dark from Darling Lili
They're Off and The Sweetheart Tree from The Great Race
Moon River from Breakfast at Tiffany's
Bolero by Maurice Ravel

Friday, October 21, 2005; 7:30 p.m. - Gammage Auditorium
Music of Johannes Brahms
ASU Choral Union - David Schildkret, conductor
Jonathan Swartz, violin

Academic Festival Overture, opus 80
Nanie, opus 82
Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny), opus 54
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major, opus 77

Monday, November 21, 2005; 7:30 p.m. - Gammage Auditorium
Celebrating the King of Instruments -
40 years with the Aeolian-Skinner Organ
(Shared program with Sinfonietta)

Walton - Crown Imperial
Elgar - Sospiri
Respighi - Church Windows

Sunday, December 4, 2005; 2:30 p.m. - Gammage Auditorium
Holiday Concert
Timothy Russell and David Schildkret, conductors
ASU Choral Union
Katie McLin, violin

Jeff Tyzik - A Christmas Overture
Berlioz - The Shepherd's Farewell from L'enfance du Christ
Handel - Music from Judas Maccabaeus
Franck - Psalm 150
Mendelssohn - There Shall a Star Come Out of Jacob from Christus
Beethoven - Hallelujah from Christ on the Mount of Olives
Jeff Tyzik - Mis zeh Hidlik
Audience Sing-Along (Angels We Have Heard on High; Hark the Herald Angel; Joy to the World; Silent Night; O, Come All Ye Faithful; and We Three Kings)
Rutter - Good Christian Men, Rejoice; The First Nowell; Away in a Manager; and, O Holy Night
Courtney - Advent (based on Veni, Emmanuel)
David Frost - The Saints Sing Hallelujah

Admission: $12.50 general, $7.50 students
ASU Gammage Box Office: 480-965-3434,

Monday, February 6, 2006 - 7:30 p.m - Gammage Auditorium
Concert of Soloists

Wagner - Prelude to Die Meistersinger
Winner of the ASU Symphonic Concerto Competition
Winner of the ASU Composition ContestJana Minov, guest conductor

February 24 - March 4 - ASU Symphony Orchestra performs Poulenc's Dialogue of the Carmelites with LOT
Admission: $20 general admission, $5 students
Herberger College Box Office: 480-965-6447,
Wednesday, March 8, 2006 - 7:30 p.m. - Gammage Auditorium
A Celebration of the 100th Birthday of Rafael Mendez
David Hickman, Jens Lindemann, and Allen Vizzutti, trumpet soloists ASU Trumpet Ensemble

Arriaga - Symphony in D major
deFalla - Music from The Three Cornered Hat (Suite No. 1)
Music by Rafael MendezOndas del Pacifico Romanza Jota No. 2 Espana Cani El Gato Montes

Friday, April 28, 2006 - 7:30 p.m. in Gammage Auditorium
ASU Choral Union, Concert Choir, University Choir
Carole FitzPatrick, soprano
Isola Jones, mezzo-soprano

Mahler - Symphony No. 2 ("Resurrection")

Timothy Russell, conductor

Tuesday, October 11, 2005; 7:30 p.m. - Evelyn Smith Music Theatre
Danwen Jiang, violin

Elgar - Serenade for Strings
Bernstein - Serenade
Beethoven - Symphony No. 4

Tuesday, February 21, 2006; 7:30 - Gammage Auditorium
MOZART at 250! A Celebration
Katie McLin, violin
Nancy Buck, viola
ASU Concert Choir - David Schildkret, conductor

Overture to Titus , K. 621
Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra, K. 364
Regina coeli, K. 276
Ave verum corpus, K. 618
Symphony No. 35 ("Haffner")

Thursday, March 23, 2006 - 7:00 p.m. Corona Del Sol High School
Schubert Mass in G major
With ASU Concert Choir + combined Corona Del Sol Choir and Orchestra

Tuesday, April 18, 2006 - 7:30 p.m. - Gammage Auditorium
(Shared program with Sinfonietta)
Featuring an ASU Concert of Soloists Winner
Joel Neves, guest conductor

Jana Minov and Daniel O'Bryant, conductors

Thursday, October 6, 2005 - 7:30 p.m. - Gammage Auditorium
(Shared program with Wind Ensembles)
Jana Minov, Jacob Harrison, and Joel Neves, conductors

Mozart - Eine Kleine Nacht Musik, movement 1
Purcell - Chacony
Stravinsky - Suites 1 and 2 for Small Orchestra, selections
Massenet - "Meditation "
Von Suppe - "Light Calvary" Overture

Monday, November 21, 2005; 7:30 p.m. - Gammage Auditorium
(Shared program with Symphony Orchestra)
Jana Minov, Daniel O'Bryant, and Joel Neves, conductors

Beethoven - Overture to "Consecration of the House "
Elgar - Enigma Variations, selections
Rachmaninoff - Piano Concerto No. 2, movement 2

Monday, March 6, 2006 - 7:30 p.m. - Gammage Auditorium
Jana Minov, Jacob Harrison, Daniel O'Bryant, and Joel Neves, conductors

Offenbach - "Orpheus " Overture
Dvorak - "Czech " Suite, selections
Strauss - "Radetsky" March
Strauss - Waltz
Dvorak/Brahms - Slavonic & Hungarian Dances
Liszt - Totentanz

Tuesday, April 18, 2006 - 7:30 p.m. - Gammage Auditorium
(Shared program with Chamber Orchestra)
Jacob Harrison and Daniel O'Bryant, conductors

Verdi - Overture to La Forza del Destino
Puccini - Selected Arias
Mascagni - Intermezzo
Donizetti - "Lucia di Lammermor " arias
Verdi - Hymn and Triumphal March



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