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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Weber State Symphony Orchestra @ WSU (Ogden: Sept 30)

Weber State Symphony Orchestra Opens New Season

Who: Weber State University Department of Performing Arts
What: Weber State Symphony Orchestra
When: Sunday, 30 September 2012, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Austad Auditorium, Val A. Browning Center for the Performing Arts

 Weber State University Department of Performing Arts presents the Weber State Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Dr. Michael A. Palumbo, in its first concert of the 2012-13 season Sunday, September 30,  at 7:30 p.m. in the Austad Auditorium of the Val A. Browning Center for the Performing Arts. Children 8 years and older are welcome to attend.

This concert will feature the string section of the orchestra in a wide variety of works. Repertoire for this concert will range from the sixteenth century to the twenty-first.  The “Canzona for Two Orchestras” of Giovanni Gabrielli will be followed by music of Mendelssohn, Svendsen, Arensky, and Copland.  The twenty-first century will be represented by a composition written by the orchestra’s co-principal violist, Weston Larson.
Weston Larsen is a student at WSU currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree.  Larsen has been playing the viola for nearly 20 years and studies violin with Dr. Michael Palumbo.  Only recently has Larsen developed an interest in writing music, and over the course of the last 2 or 3 years has written several pieces including a symphony, a symphonic suite, and several pieces for viola and piano.  Most of Larsen’s compositions are still works in progress.
One of the melodies that Larsen was planning to use in his symphony didn’t seem to fit, so Larsen originally discarded it.  It kept coming back to him, however, so he decided to write a separate piece, which, in the course of the next several weeks, developed into his Pirate Dance, written for strings and timpani, which will be performed on this concert..  

Tickets for the concert are $7 for adults and $6 for students, seniors and those with military I.D. They can be purchased in advance at Dee Events Center Tickets locations, by calling 1-800-626-7000, or on-line at weberstatetickets.com.  WSU students who pick up a complementary ticket from the Department of Performing Arts office, room 331 in the Browning Center, will be admitted free.  Children 8 and over are welcome to attend.  This concert is partially funded by student fees.
more info: mpalumbo@weber.edu or 801 626 6991
photo: Weston Larson

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