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University Symphony Orchestra performs "Elan of Youth" Concert

Benjamin Robinette

October 6, 2017


The evening will feature the Student Concerto Competition winners.

University Symphony Orchestra

The Texas Tech University School of Music will host a concert featuring the University Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 10) in Hemmle Recital Hall. Director of orchestral studies Philip Mann and graduate conducting students Cristian Cimei and Delyana Lazarova will conduct the performance.

The orchestra's performance, “Elan of Youth,” or “energy of youth,” will feature the four School of Music students who won the 2016-17 school-wide concerto competition for their respective instruments. The four winners, two undergraduate students and two doctor of musical arts students, were selected respectively from the keyboard, wind, percussion and string areas. All four concerto works will feature each soloist with accompaniment provided by the students in either the full orchestra or in a reduced string orchestra.

Hemmle Hall

The first selection on the program is the first movement of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, performed by piano performance graduate student Ekaterina Paniukova and conducted by Mann. Saxophone performance graduate student Ben Still will perform the Saxophone Concerto of Romantic-era Russian composer Alexander Glazunov with strings only, conducted by Cimei.

Following an intermission, undergraduate percussion student Cody Holmes will perform a movement from the contemporary Marimba Concerto of French composer Emmanuel Séjourné, with a strings-only accompaniment conducted by Lazarova. The final concerto soloist of the evening will be undergraduate violinist Justus Ross. Lazarova will conduct the full orchestra through the last movement of Édouard Lalo's Symphonie Espagnole.

With a nod to the “energy of youth,” the concert will close as Mann directs the orchestra through Antonín Dvořák's Carnival Overture.

The concert is free and open to the public.

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