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UW Symphony Season Opens in October

September 4, 2008 — Season tickets are now on sale for the 2008-2009 University of Wyoming Symphony Orchestra season "Journey with Me."

Season tickets for the UWSO's five concerts cost $40, $28 for senior citizens and $24 for students. Tickets are available from the Fine Arts ticket office or may be ordered by telephone at (307) 766-6666.

Memberships in the Symphony Association for the University of Wyoming and tickets for its Gala Holiday Dinner also may be purchased at the same time. Proceeds go to support the orchestra's scholarship fund.

The orchestra's season that follows UWSO conductor Michael Griffith's travels last spring will explore national sounds from Europe and beyond. The season opens Oct. 9 with the Dvorak "Symphony No. 6." Faculty pianist Rubia Santos will bring a dance-like concerto from her native Brazil. The concert will open with witty overture to Mozart's comic opera "The Marriage of Figaro."

The Nov. 20 program is built around England, (where Griffith taught UW's London Semester), Germany and Vienna. Sir Edward Elgar's "Enigma Variations," a beautiful and powerful statement of British music, will close the concert. Tai Murray will perform the Bruch "Violin Concerto No. 1," with the concert opening with Beethoven's overture to Fidelio. Murray performs with the cooperation of the UW Cultural Programs.

The Holiday Concerts will be Dec. 6 and 7. The Symphony Association's Gala Holiday dinner will follow the Dec. 7 performance.

March 5 will offer another Dorothy Jacoby Student Soloist Competition. The best UW musicians will play their solo works in this exciting concert.

To conclude the season, the UWSO will bring music perfectly reminiscent of two highlights of Griffith's trip: From France, Ravel's "Mother Goose Suite," and from Italy, Respighi's "Roman Festivals." UWSO faculty trombonist Christopher Nicholas, director of the Western Thunder Marching Band, will be the soloist for this April 16 concert.

For more information and to receive a season ticket brochure in the mail, call (307) 766-6666.

Professor Michael Griffith conducts the UW Symphony Orchestra.

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