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Free ‘Symphony Under the Stars’ To Feature Trumpeter John D’earth

UPDATED 9/21/12: Due to uncertain weather conditions on Saturday, “Symphony Under the Stars,” presented by the University Programs Council and the Charlottesville & University Symphony Orchestra, has been postponed until Sunday, Sept. 23, at 8 p.m. in the U.Va Amphitheater.

The University Programs Council of the University of Virginia and the Charlottesville & University Symphony Orchestra are joining forces to present “Symphony Under the Stars” on Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. First launched in 2009, this free outdoor pops concert will take place in U.Va.’s McIntire Amphitheater. The rain date is Sept. 23 at 8 p.m.

Conducted by music director Kate Tamarkin, the orchestra will kick off its 2012-13 season, “Let’s Dance!,” with a fun-filled program of symphonic choreography. Highlights include Aaron Copland’s “Hoedown” from his ballet “Rodeo,” Aram Khatchaturian’s “Sabre Dance” and Angel Villoldo’s “Tango Argentino.” This year’s salute to the music of Broadway features selections from Leonard Bernstein’s “West Side Story” and Frank Loesser’s “Guys and Dolls.”

Local jazz legend and trumpeter John D’earth will be featured in Duke Ellington’s “It Don’t Mean a Thing if It Ain’t Got that Swing” and Harry Simeone’s “Trumpet in the Night.” The orchestra will also perform a medley from “A Chorus Line” as a memorial tribute to multiple Grammy, Oscar and Tony award-winning composer and arranger Marvin Hamlisch.

The University Programs Council is a student-run programming organization that provides students and other members of the U.Va and Charlottesville communities with a wide variety of entertaining and educational activities and events.

“We are so excited to bring back ‘Symphony Under the Stars’ this fall,” council representative Kristin Ulmer said. “We want it to be a tradition that students, faculty, staff and Charlottesville residents can look forward to year after year. It is a wonderful opportunity to come together and enjoy talented musicians under the autumn stars in the beautiful U.Va Amphitheater.”

Free parking is available in the Central Grounds Garage located on Emmet Street. Picnics are welcome, but alcohol is prohibited on the U.Va Grounds.

Additional support is provided by the McIntire Department of Music and media sponsor The Daily Progress.

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