Charlottesville & University Symphony Orchestra’s Season Offers ‘Musical Kaleidoscope’

September 13, 2013

For its 39th season, the Charlottesville & University Symphony Orchestra, under the musical direction of Kate Tamarkin, will present a variety of masterworks for an enriching musical experience.

Highlights of the 2013-14 season, aptly titled “A Musical Kaleidoscope,” include Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring” Suite, Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 “Unfinished,” Johannes Brahms’ Variations on a Theme of Joseph Haydn, Maurice Ravel’s “Mother Goose Suite,” Richard Wagner’s Overture to “Rienzi” and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47.

Conducted by Michael Slon, the University Singers will join the orchestra in observing the 200th birthday of Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi with two performances of his sweeping “Requiem.” Soprano Christina Pier, mezzo-soprano Lucille Beer, tenor Scott Six and baritone Mark Owen Davis will join the singers.

Additional guest artists for this season’s musical kaleidoscope include world-renowned pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 25; master violinist Daniel Sender, performing Saint-Saëns’ Violin Concerto No. 3; and trombonist Nathan Dishman, who will present the world premiere performance of “London Town Fantasy” by Virginia composer Antonio Garcia.

In December, the family concerts, presented by the University Singers, welcome in the season with a program of cherished carols and holiday merriment.

For those wanting to learn as much as listen, free lectures will be presented 45 minutes prior to each concert. These popular lectures by Richard Will, who chairs the McIntire Department of Music in U.Va.’s College of Arts & Sciences, provide a behind-the-scenes look at the classical music being presented. The Sept. 27 lecture and all Saturday lectures will take place in Minor Hall; Sunday lectures will be held in the forum at Monticello High School, with no lecture on April 26.

The orchestra has been under Tamarkin’s artistic leadership since 2006, captivating audiences and garnering frequent standing ovations. It is supported through a unique partnership between the Charlottesville Symphony Society, a private nonprofit corporation, and the McIntire Department of Music.

Season tickets are now on sale at $18 per concert. Subscribers get the best seats at the best prices plus VIP customer service, free lost ticket replacement and unlimited ticket exchanges.

To purchase a subscription by phone or to request a 2013-14 season brochure, call 434-924-3139. Subscription orders are also being accepted in person weekdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the orchestra’s office, located at 801 West Main St., Suite 201, in Charlottesville.

Single tickets for all concerts are on sale and are priced at $10 to $40 ($10 for students). U.Va students may request one complimentary ticket in advance. They may be purchased at the University of Virginia Arts Box Office, 434-924-3376, weekdays from noon to 5 p.m. in the lobby of the Drama Building at 109 Culbreth Road, or online at

Free parking for the Cabell Hall concerts is available in the U.Va Central Grounds Parking Garage, located on Emmet Street, on Sept. 27 and all Saturday nights, and at the high school on Sunday afternoons. Both venues are wheelchair accessible.

The Charlottesville & University Symphony Orchestra 2013-14 Season

Sept. 27, 8 p.m., Old Cabell Hall, U.Va Grounds
Sept. 29, 3:30 p.m., Monticello High School

Richard Wagner – Overture to “Rienzi”

Camille Saint-Saëns – Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 3 in B minor (Daniel Sender, violin)

Franz Schubert – Symphony No. 8 “Unfinished”

Franz von Suppé – Overture to “The Beautiful Galatea”

• Nov. 16, 8:00 p.m., Old Cabell Hall, U.Va Grounds
Nov. 17, 3:30 p.m., Monticello High School

Giuseppe Verdi – “Requiem” (Michael Slon, conductor, with the University Singers, plus Christina Pier, soprano; Lucille Beer, mezzo-soprano; Scott Six, tenor; Mark Owen Davis, baritone)

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Dec. 7, 8  p.m., Old Cabell Hall, U.Va Grounds
Dec. 8, 3:30 p.m., Old Cabell Hall, U.Va Grounds

Family holiday concerts with the U.Va University Singers (Michael Slon, conductor)

Program to be announced


• Feb. 15, 8 p.m., Old Cabell Hall, U.Va. Grounds
Feb. 16, 3:30 p.m., Monticello High School

Stephen Paulus – Concertante

Maurice Ravel – “Mother Goose Suite”

Ralph Vaughan Williams – Five Variants of “Dives and Lazarus”

Aaron Copland – “Appalachian Spring: Suite”

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March 22, 8 p.m., Old Cabell Hall, U.Va Grounds
March 23, 3:30 p.m., Monticello High School

Johannes Brahms – Variations on a Theme of Joseph Haydn Opus 56a

Launy Grondahl – Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra

Antonio Garcia – “London Town Fantasy” (Nathan Dishman, trombone)

Franz Joseph Haydn – Symphony No. 104 in D Major, “London”

• April 26, 8 p.m., Old Cabell Hall, U.Va Grounds
April 27, 4 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Performing Arts Center, Charlottesville High School

Modest Mussorgsky – Triumphal March from “Mlada”

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 25, K.503

Dmitri Shostakovich – Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47

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All artists, programs and venues are subject to change.

For more, in-depth program notes, visit two weeks prior to each masterworks concert.

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