Beethoven, Greig, and Badelt, Oh My!

Published: October 30, 2016 | Author: Lola Taylor | Read Time: 2 minutes

SUU Symphony OrchestraThe Southern Utah University Symphony Orchestra (SUUSO), under the baton of its new Visiting Music Director, Dr. Canés Nicolas, will open their new season on October 31, 2016, at 7:30 pm in the Cedar City Heritage Center Theatre. This very special program will feature music from composers Albinoni, Beethoven, Grieg, Badelt, and Haitian composer Lamothe.

SUUSO will open the evening's performance with Tomaso Albinoni's Sinfonia in G, featuring the string section of the orchestra. This will be followed Symphony No. 7, II, also known as Allegreto, by Beethoven, which George Grove, an acclaimed English writer on music, describes as "a string of beauties hand-in-hand." SUUSO’s performance will also include Elvard Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, and a Utah premiere of Danza 4 by Haitian composer Ludovic Lamothe, affectionately called the "Black Chopin" due to his early reputation for reciting the works of his favorite composer, Frédéric Chopin. The orchestra will end the program with Halloween spirit by throwing out all the stops and performing Klaus Badelt's Pirates of the Caribbean.

Join SUUSO for an evening full of musical enchantment and excitement, and create new Halloween memories with your family you will not forget! Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for Emeriti and Alumni with card, and $5 for youth. SUU faculty, staff, and students can get in free with a valid ID card. For more information, visit

About the Conductor

Visiting Music Director and Conductor Dr. Canés Nicolas was born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He received his first musical training at L’Ecole de Musique Sainte Trinité (Holy Trinity Music School). Dr. Nicolas began learning the violin at age 8 with violinist Guerlyn Esperance.

In 2002, Dr. Nicolas joined l’Orchestre Philharmonique Sainte Trinité (Holy Trinity Philharmonic Orchestra). The following year, he began teaching the violin in the Suzuki program. Dr. Nicolas came to the United States when he was offered a scholarship to the University of Minnesota. While at the University of Minnesota, he received the Chancellor’s String Quartet Scholarship, the Cecilian Society Scholarship, the UMD Orchestra Music Scholarship, the Omnibus Scholarship, and the Orchestra Award. While Dr. Nicolas was at Ohio University to complete his masters program, he was the assistant conductor of the Ohio University Symphony and Campus Orchestras. He also served as the assistant conductor of the orchestras at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, where he received his Doctor of Musical Arts.

Dr. Nicolas has studied conducting in Europe, as well as in the United States, with such teachers as Dumitru Goia, Steven Huang, Keith Lockhart, and Markand Thakar. Prior to joining the faculty at SUU, Dr. Nicolas taught at Wayne State College in Wayne, NE.

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