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University Symphony Orchestra

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

8:00pm, Hill Auditorium


Kenneth Kiesler, conductor
Kelly Ann Bixby (winner, 2017 SMTD Concerto Competition), soprano

Pre-concert lecture at 7:15 PM in the lower lobby.

The University Symphony Orchestra, led by Kenneth Kiesler, performs magnificent, thrilling, and kaleidoscopic music for large orchestra by two 20th century giants: British composer Benjamin Britten and Polish composer Witold Lutosławski. The folkloric and exciting Lutosławski Concerto for Orchestra stands among the most brilliant and impressive orchestral showpieces of the repertoire. Soprano Kelly Ann Bixby, winner of the 2017 SMTD Concerto Competition, sings Britten’s at times poignant and sardonic setting of Arthur Rimbaud’s enigmatic poetry, Les Illuminations in which the singer announces, or perhaps realizes, “I alone have the key to this savage parade.”

Britten- “Passacaglia” from Peter Grimes, Les Illuminations Lutosławski- Concerto for Orchestra

Free - no tickets required

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Photography Credits:

U-M Photo Services

Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower