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A 'New World' at USU

Thursday, Apr. 18, 2013

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USU's Symphony Orchestra presents Dvorak’s "New World Symphony" Tuesday, April 23, 7:30 p.m., Kent Concert Hall, Chase Fine Arts Center. Guest artist and Utah Symphony cellist Walter Haman joins the orchestra for the concert.

The Utah State University Department of Music’s Symphony Orchestra, together with guest cellist Walter Haman from the Utah Symphony, are performing the New World Symphony and cello solos by Antonín Dvorák Tuesday, April 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the Kent Concert Hall in the Chase Fine Arts Center.

“This all-time favorite is Dvorak’s best-known work and is also one of the core repertoire pieces for musicians,” said Sergio Bernal, director of the symphony and associate professor in the Caine College of the Arts. “New World Symphony is an energetic piece that gives an insight to the American people and frontier of the 1890s.”

The New World Symphony, also known as Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, was composed by Antonín Dvorák, a Czech composer of the late 19th century, while he was in the United States working as the artistic director and composition professor at the National Music Conservatory in New York. Dvorak used the music of Native Americans and African Americans as his inspiration when composing this work.

“This music is very lively and is something people are sure to enjoy because they will recognize it,” said Bernal.

Joining the USU Symphony Orchestra is Walter Haman, a cellist with the Utah Symphony. Haman began playing the cello at age 13 and studied under pedagogue Irene Sharp and Laurence Lesser. He earned a master’s of music degree with special distinction from the New England Conservatory and in 2000 he was awarded a residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada. Haman has played for the Utah Symphony since 2003.

The USU Symphony Orchestra is open to students of all majors and holds auditions every fall semester. The group seeks to provide a high-quality performance experience to students seeking to continue music performance.

The New World Symphony and cello solo works by Dvorak will be performed Tuesday, April 23, in the Kent Concert Hall located in the Chase Fine Arts Center on USU’s campus. Tickets for the performance are $10 adults, $8 seniors and youth, $5 USU faculty and staff and free for USU students with ID. For more information or tickets, visit the Caine College of the Arts Box Office in room 139-B of the Chase Fine Arts Center, call 435-797-8022 or see the college’s Production Services website.

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Writer: Kara Rindlisbacher, 435-797-9203,

Contact: Denise Albiston, 435-797-1500,

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