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'Three Italians and a Russian' Highlighted by USU

Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013

poster for USU's concert 'Three Italians and a Russian'

USU's Symphony Orchestra and two choral ensembles, under the direction of guest conductor Julian Lombana, are featured in concert Friday, Oct. 25, at the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Hyde Park, Utah. The concert is free.

A musical evening at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church Oct. 25 provides audiences a chance to experience the music of Ottorino Respighi, Gioacchino Rossini, Giuseppe Verdi and Pyotr Tchaikovsky performed by the Utah State University Symphony Orchestra, USU Chamber Singers and University Chorale. Guest conductor Julian Lombana from the Trento Conservatory in Italy will be featured. The evening’s program is titled “Three Italians and a Russian.”

Lombana is widely recognized in Europe and North America. He has led the principal orchestras of Romania, the Saint Petersburg Conservatory Symphony, the Belgrade Symphony and the Bogota Philharmonic, of which he was music director in 1987.

A strong believer of the power of music for youth, Lombana has been a founding director of international youth orchestras and festivals, including the I Giovani Cameristi di Roma. He has also guest conducted youth orchestras in Russia, Turkey, Spain, France and the United States. Additionally, he is European liaison, artistic advisor and project supervisor for “Batuta,” the Colombian system of youth orchestras.

Respighi, an Italian composer, introduced various Russian composition techniques and playing techniques and some of the violence of Richard Strauss’s harmonic techniques into Italian music.

Rossini was an Italian composer who wrote 39 operas, including The Barber of Seville and La Cenerentola. Rossini was nicknamed “The Italian Mozart.”

Verdi, an Italian romantic composer, is primarily known for his operas Rigoletto and La Traviata. He is considered one of the preeminent opera composers of the 19th century.

Tchaikovsky, the Russian composer featured in the concert, was the first popular composer to emerge from the Russian musical scene. His work included symphonies, ballets, operas, concertos, chamber music and more.

Three Italians and a Russian” is presented Friday, Oct. 25, at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 725 S. 250 East, Hyde Park, Utah, at 7:30 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, 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 (

Related links:

USU Department of Music

USU Caine College of the Arts

Writer: Whitney Schulte, 435-797-9203,

Contact: Denise Albiston, 435-797-1500,

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