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Charlottesville Symphony



Event Type(s): Arts / Theatre / Music
Organization: Charlottesville Symphony Society
Description: The Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia continues its 2017-18 season with concerts on Saturday, November 18, 8:00pm, at Old Cabell Hall on the Grounds of the University of Virginia and Sunday, November 19, 3:30pm, at Charlottesville High School’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Performing Arts Center.

The program includes works exclusively by American composers: Samuel Barbers’ titanic Second Essay for Orchestra; Leonard Bernstein’s Three Dance Episodes from On the Town which tells the story of three sailors on 24-hour leave in New York City; The Testament of Freedom by Randall Thompson; and The University of Virginia Suite from Thomas Jefferson: The Making of America by Houston-based composer J. Todd Frazier.

Best known for his choral works, Randall Thompson composed The Testament of Freedom in 1943 for the all-male Virginia Glee Club while teaching at the University of Virginia. He later arranged it for orchestra and mixed chorus. The text is drawn from the writings of Thomas Jefferson: A Summary of the Rights of British America (1774); Declaration of Causes and Necessity of Taking up Arms (1775); and a letter to John Adams, written from Monticello in 1821.

The University of Virginia Suite was commissioned by the University of Virginia and received its premiere performance at UVA’s Bicentennial Launch Celebration on October 6, 2017. It begins with a setting of the Declaration of Independence, continues with an interlude based on music for Thomas Jefferson’s first inauguration and ends with the story of the University of Virginia.

Benjamin Rous, Music Director of the Charlottesville Symphony, will conduct the Barber and Bernstein works. Michael Slon, Director of Choral Music at UVA, will lead the Thompson and Frazier compositions. Slon will be joined by the UVA University Singers; soprano Janice Chandler-Eteme; tenor Glenn Seven Allen; and Bill Barker, the renowned Thomas Jefferson interpreter from Colonial Williamsburg.

The orchestra’s 2017-18 season is supported in part by a major grant from the Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation. The November concerts are sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Vice Provost for the Arts at the University of Virginia.

For those who want to “Know the Score,” pre-concert lectures will be presented 45 minutes prior to each Saturday night concert. Free of charge, these popular lectures by UVA McIntire Department of Music Associate Professor Richard Will offer a lively and informative behind-the-scenes look at classical music.

Free parking is available in the UVA Central Grounds Parking Garage, located on Emmet Street, on Saturday nights and at Charlottesville High School on Sunday afternoons. The Charlottesville Free Trolley stops at McCormick Road near the UVA Amphitheater, in close proximity to Old Cabell Hall. Both venues are wheelchair accessible.
Address: Old Cabell Hall
Grounds of the University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Contact Name: UVA Arts Box Office
Contact Phone: 434-924-3376
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Date: Saturday, 11/18/2017
Start Time: 8:00 PM
End Time: 10:00 PM
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