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USU and U of U Symphony Orchestras Combine for Concert

Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013


USU Symphony Orchestra poster for 'Rite of Spring' concert

USU's Symphony Orchestra and the University of Utah’s Utah Philharmonia join forces to present Stravinsky’s 'Rite of Spring’ Saturday, Feb. 23, on the USU campus in Logan.


Utah State University’s Music Department hosts the Utah Philharmonia in a joint performance with the USU Symphony Orchestra of Igor Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring in a special concert event Saturday, Feb. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the Kent Concert Hall in the Chase Fine Arts Center.

“We are celebrating the 100th anniversary of Stravinsky’s ‘Rite of Spring’ by performing it with the Utah Philharmonia,” said Sergio Bernal, associate professor and director of orchestra in the Caine College of the Arts. “This performance features 130 student musicians from both Utah State and the University of Utah.”

Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring was composed in 1913 and has grown into one of the 20th century’s most influential pieces of music. The story centers on pagan Russian rituals celebrating the coming of spring. After the initial celebrations are over, a young maiden is chosen by fate as a sacrifice and dances herself to death.

The music emphasizes raw power through a strong irregular beat while maintaining a refined dissonance, said Bernal.

Utah Philharmonia is the University of Utah’s premiere 85-student orchestra directed by Robert Baldwin. The group recently performed Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 among other works.

Tickets for Rite of Spring are $10 adults, $8 seniors and youth, $5 USU faculty and staff and free for USU students. For more information and tickets, visit the Caine College of the Arts Box Office in room 139B in the Chase Fine Arts Center on USU’s Logan campus or call 435-797-8022. Information is also available at the college’s Production Services website.

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Writer: Kara Rindlisbacher, 435-797-9203, kara.rindlisbacher@usu.edu

Contact: Denise Albiston, 435-797-1500, denise.albiston@usu.edu





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