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UW Symphony Orchestra Opening Night Oct. 13

October 7, 2016
Carlos Costa and Scott Meredith

The University of Wyoming Symphony Orchestra’s fall season opens with a performance Thursday, Oct. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts concert hall.

Tickets cost $10 for the public, $7 for senior citizens and $6 for students. For tickets, call (307) 766-6666, visit the Performing Arts box office, or go online at Season tickets also are available.

UW Department of Music Associate Professor Scott Meredith will be the soloist, playing Lowell Liebermann’s lyrical and spirited trumpet concerto, and guest conductor Carlos Henrique Costa will be on the podium. Department of Music Professor Michael Griffith directs the UW Symphony Orchestra.

The orchestra will perform a piece from Dmitri Shostakovich, which moves into a brilliantly fast main portion of the overture, before returning to end the piece. Liebermann’s work is a combination of beautiful melodies, film music harmonies and a fun parody on Carnival of Venice for its finale, Griffith says. After intermission, Costa has chosen two unusual works from his native Brazil.

“Museu da Inconfidência,” by César Guerra-Peixe, is program music inspired by the composer’s visit to a history museum dedicated to those who died in the movement Inconfidência Mineira for Brazilian independence from Portugal. The work alternates between serious, dramatic passages and music that sounds much like Brazilian folk dance.

Closing the concert is “Psalmus” by João Guilherme Ripper. The work has moments of jazzy saxophone, unusual rhythms building to danceable passages.

Fanfare Magazine has raved about Meredith’s playing, saying “Trumpets can sing, too, and trumpeter Scott Meredith does just that, displaying a gorgeous tone and sense of phrasing.”

He is principal trumpet of the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra (Casper), principal solo cornet with the Western State Brass Band and associate principal of the Cheyenne Symphony. His many other performances include the Dallas Wind Symphony, the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado and the Boulder Philharmonic. He received his doctorate from the University of North Texas, one of the premier brass programs in the country.

Costa, a pianist and conductor, is professor at the Federal University of Goiás, Brazil (UFG), coordinator of the Music Graduate Program at UFG, and researcher in the areas of conducting and of piano performance and group piano teaching.

He conducts the Academic Orchestra Jean Douliez of UFG and has conducted the University of Georgia's Orchestra, the Goiânia Symphonia Orchestra and the Unievangélica University Orchestra in Anápolis. As a pianist, Costa has performed in Italy, Portugal, the United States and Brazil as a soloist and chamber musician. He also has participated as piano guest professor at the Londrina International Festivals in 2015-16.

Continuing this year in the concert hall are “Tweet Seats.” Audience members who like to stay connected to social media are welcome -- silently -- to post their comments and share their experiences online. “Tweet Seats” are available only in the back two rows of the auditorium.

For more information about the UW Symphony Orchestra, contact Griffith at (307) 766-3069 or

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