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UW Chamber Orchestra to Perform ‘Russian Strings’

September 14, 2021

The University of Wyoming Chamber Orchestra will present an all-Russian music program at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19, in the Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts concert hall.

Tickets cost $10 for adults, $7 for senior citizens and $6 for students not attending UW, plus a $1 ticket handling fee. The concert is free for all UW students. To purchase tickets, visit the Performing Arts box office, call (307) 766-6666 or go online at www.uwyo.edu/finearts. “Russian Strings” will be livestreamed free at https://youtu.be/Bv6tQXYy0fM.

The UW Chamber Orchestra is an ensemble of string players directed by James Przygocki, a UW music professor.

The fall opening concert music to be performed spans from Czarist Russian music by Tchaikovsky to Soviet-era music by Dimitri Shostakovich.

The program will open with Tchaikovsky’s third string quartet, arranged for strings by Alexander Glazunov. This piece is dedicated to the memory of Tchaikovsky’s friend, violinist Ferdinand Laub, who died in 1875.

Following is Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony Opus 110a, a version of his String Quartet No. 8 for string orchestra. This work, dedicated to “the memory of the victims of fascism and war,” is among Shostakovich’s most famous pieces of chamber music.

The program ends with “Theme and Variations for String Orchestra” by the late-Romantic Russian composer Glazunov. A student of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Glazunov bridges the time between Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich, and is considered among the top composers of his time.

For more information, call Kathy Kirkaldie, UW Fine Arts coordinator, at (307) 766-2160 or email kirisk@uwyo.edu.

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