Valparaiso University Symphony Orchestra at First Lutheran Church March 5

Online Staff Report

The Valparaiso University Symphony Orchestra will be stopping in Illinois as part of their Spring 2012 Midwestern Tour. The orchestra will be in concert at 7 p.m., Monday, March 5, at First Lutheran Church, 225 S. Third St., Rockford.

Virtuoso soloists will highlight their performances.  The thrill of the chase and tribal rhythmic energy of horn and harp concerti by Strauss and Ginastera will be performed by student concerto winners Thomas Vienna and Nicholas Burrus. Also on the tour program will be Sibelius Symphony No. 2, as well as music celebrating the orchestra’s sacred collaborations and path-breaking work with traditional Chinese instrumentalists.

The Valparaiso University Symphony Orchestra is celebrating its 12th year as a select, all-student ensemble dedicated to professional standards of performance of works from both standard and contemporary repertoires.

The 55-member ensemble is directed by Dr. Dennis Friesen-Carper, Reddel professor of music. The group tours the U.S. regularly, playing concerts in St. Louis, Washington, D. C., and New York City, as well as giving performances in Cleveland’s Severance Hall and Chicago’s Orchestra Hall.

The ensemble has also toured internationally on two continents, performing in London, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Beijing, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Jiaxing and Shanghai.

Helmuth Rilling and Dennis Russell Davies are among the world-renowned guest conductors the orchestra has enjoyed in its history.

Dr. Friesen-Carper conducts the symphony, opera, oratorio and musical theater, and teaches composition. He is also principal guest conductor of the Wenqin Symphony Orchestra at Zhejiang University in China. He was named the winner of the 2010 Arlin G. Meyer Prize for Musical Performance for his oratorio Innocents, to a libretto by Walter Wangerin Jr.

Posted March 2, 2012

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