If you followed my advice last week and caught Richard Wagner's Overture to Rienzi at the KSO Masterworks concert, and are thanking me, you are really going to want to catch this Sunday's UT Symphony Orchestra concert at the Cox Auditorium. The concert will open with Wagner's Prelude to Die Meistersinger, arguably the most exciting and satisfying ten minutes of music ever composed. Yes, I know--that's a bold statement.
UT Symphony music director James Fellenbaum has enlisted an old friend and conductor, Huw Edwards, to guest conduct the opening concert--in line with the orchestra's theme for the year, "Old Friends, New Beginnings." Of course, the UT School of Music is in the midst of a substantial "new beginning" with the opening of its new facility.
Also on the concert is Verdi's Triumphal March from Aida and Dvorak's Symphony No. 8. Clearly this is programming that reflects the miraculous growth of the UT orchestra program over the last few years.
UT Symphony Orchestra
Wagner, Verdi, and Dvorak
James R. Cox Auditorium in the Alumni Memorial Bldg., UT Campus
Sunday, September 29, 4 p.m. -- FREE