Orchestra at Temple Square In Concert at SUU

Published: March 16, 2006 | Read Time: 2 minutes

The Orchestra at Temple Square will perform at Southern Utah University for the institution’s Founders’ Day celebration, March 25, at 7 p.m. in the Centrum. Igor Gruppman will be conducting, and he and his wife, Vensa, will be soloists on the evening’s program.

With the renovation of the Salt Lake Tabernacle, the Orchestra’s usual concert venue, the Orchestra will travel to Southern Utah and Idaho for its first-ever solo concert tour in March, June and October.

The repertoire for the SUU concert will consist of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Egmont Overture and Romance No. 2 for violin and Orchestra in F Major, Brahms’ Hungarian Dances Nos. 5, 6, and 7, Antonin Dvorak’s Romance for Violin and Orchestra in F Minor and his Symphony No. 9 “From the New World.”

Beethoven’s overture to Goethe’s tragedy, Egmont, reflects his desire to write music that appealed to him on a high moral level. The piece encapsulates the most important elements of Goethe’s play and ends with a musical celebration of freedom overcoming oppression. In contrast, his Romance No. 2 for Violin and Orchestra is a far lighter composition, with a lovely melody growing out of the very first bar. Maestro Gruppman will play the violin solo.

Vesna Gruppman will play the violin solo in Dvorak’s wonderful Romance for Violin and Orchestra. In the grand finale of the evening’s program, the Orchestra will perform Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 “From the New World.” It remains one of the most popular symphonies on concert stages throughout the world. The title, “From the New World,” stems from the influence of his American experiences on this, his final symphony.

Discounted tickets are on sale from now until March 15 and are available at the Centrum Ticket Box Office (435) 586-7872 or through Smithtix. Discounted ticket prices are: adults $5, SUU students and alumni $3, elementary students $1 and a family pass $20. Ticket prices after March 15 are: adults $8, SUU students and alumni $5, elementary students $1. The price for a family pass will remain at $20.

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