November 19, 2009 — The University of Virginia's newest ensemble, the Palladian Chamber Orchestra, makes its debut Sunday at 7 p.m. with a free concert at the Forum, located at the back of the Observatory Hill Dining Hall.
The ensemble was formed over the summer after two students proposed the idea to faculty violinist David Sariti. He now coaches the orchestra, which performs without a conductor and features 20 musicians – 17 University students and three community members.
"The musicians learn how to lead and follow each other," Sariti said. "It's like a string quartet where the various members learn to have a conversation with each other."
The program will include Mozart's "Symphony No. 40," "Two Pieces for Small Orchestra" by Delius, and J.C. Bach's Symphony Op. 18 No. 2.
Sariti said the pieces selected for the program are from the late 18th century, a period when the symphony was in its infancy and conductors were learning to compose for orchestras and often performances were played without a conductor.