Herberger College School of Music announces fall 2003 orchestra season

TEMPE, Ariz. – The orchestra program in ASU’s Herberger College School of Music, which has established itself as one of the musical gems of the valley, is launching another rich season of events for the fall.

Featuring programs performed by its three orchestras: the University Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra and the Sinfonietta, the season also will include appearances by the school’s Choral Union, as well as resident and guest soloists.

All programs in the season are free, with the exception of the annual Holiday Concert ($10 for adult admission and $7 for students). 

Director of orchestras, Timothy Russell, promises a season of great masterworks and exceptional guest artists. Among the guests is renowned conductor Robert Porco, who will conduct Vaughan Williams’ rarely heard Dona Nobis Pacem at the Oct. 22 event, “Visions of Peace and Heaven.”

Arizona audiences also will have the chance to see and hear guest artist and nationally rising star, soprano Anna Christy, who will perform at the Holiday Concert on Dec. 7. Christy has earned rave reviews for her performances from coast to coast. This season sees her return to the New York City Opera and her debut at the Chicago Lyric Opera.

Audiences at the season-opening event, the Great Masterworks Concert, Sept. 30, will also have the opportunity to hear the School of Music’s new violin professor, Danwen Jiang, perform.

Complete fall season schedules for the three orchestras are below. For more information on the orchestra season, the public should call (480) 965-TUNE or visit the Herberger College Web site at http://www.herbergercollege.asu.edu/ and click on the events tab.

University Symphony Orchestra
Timothy Russell, Director of Orchestras

Great Masterworks Concert 
Tuesday, Sep. 30, 7:30 p.m. Gammage Auditorium
Danwen Jiang, violin
Rebecca Foreman, harp
WAGNER – Rienzi Overture
BARBER – Adagio for Strings
RAVEL – Tzigane
SHOSTAKOVICH – Symphony No. 5 in d minor, opus 47

Visions of Peace and Heaven
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m. Gammage Auditorium 
Juliana Gondek, soprano
Robert Barefield, baritone 
Timothy Russell, conductor
Robert Porco, guest conductor
ASU Choral Union
MAHLER – Symphony No. 4 
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS – Dona Nobis Pacem 

Tuesday, Nov. 25, 7:30 p.m. Gammage Auditorium
Shared Program with Sinfonietta
James Demars, guest conductor 
DEMARS – Sabar (Concerto for African Drumming Ensemble and Orchestra)

Holiday Concert 
Sunday, Dec. 7, 2:30 p.m. Gammage Auditorium 
Admission: $10 for adults and $7 for students 
Call ASU Public Events Box Office, (480) 965-3434
Timothy Russell, conductor
Anna Christy, soprano 
ASU Choral Union
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV – Polonaise from Christmas Eve
MOZART – Alleluia from Exsultate Jubilate 
POULENC – Gloria 
HERBERT – March from Babes in Toyland
TYZICK – Chanukah Suite 
SHAW/BENNETT – Many Moods of Christmas Suite III
What Child is This?
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella
Angels We Have Heard on High
HANDEL/GOOSSENS – Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah

ASU Chamber Orchestra
Timothy Russell, Conductor
Tuesday, Oct. 14; 7:30 p.m. Gammage Auditorium
Martin Schuring, oboe soloist
Robert Spring, clarinet soloist
STRAUSS – Concerto for Oboe
HOOVER – Concerto for Clarinet
BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 8 in F major, opus 93

ASU Sinfonietta
Kayoko Dan, Daniel O’Bryant 
and Joel Neves, conductors

Monday, Oct. 13, 7:30 p.m. Gammage Auditorium
GLINKA – Overture to Russlan and Ludmilla 
COPLAND – Music from Rodeo 
FAURE – Pavane 
BORODIN – Symphony No. 2 

Tuesday, Nov. 25, 7:30 p.m. Gammage Auditorium
Shared program with Symphony Orchestra
HAYDN – Symphony No. 104 (“London”) 
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV – Russian Easter Overture

The School of Music in the Arizona State University Herberger College of Fine Arts is one of the top music schools in the nation. 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 http://music.asu.edu.

Media Contact:
Mary Brennan