Featuring the premiere of Dr. Barbara Harbach's Jubilee Symphony in Anheuser-Busch Performance Hall at Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center.
Event Start at 7:30PM.
The first University Symphony Orchestra concert of the 2013 - 2014 school year will feature the Premiere of Dr. Barbara Harbach's Jubilee Symphony, commissioned by the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) for its 50th Anniversary.
The first movement of the symphony, Bellerive, takes its name from the beautiful Bellerive Country Club which became the location of the university. It evokes the excitement of creating a new educational institution with rhythmic energy and long, soaring, sustained melodies. The second movement, Mirth Day Fiesta, is a nod to the annual campus celebration, Mirthday. In it, dance-like rhythms and playful flourishes by the winds exhaust the revelers, returning to the quietness of the opening, but the seductive rhythms and melodies draw the dancers into merriment once again. Finally, Tritons Ascending takes on the story of UMSL's mascot, Triton, the mythological Greek god, messenger of the sea.
The orchestra will also perform Beethoven's Second Symphony, a prophetic work that foretells Beethoven's later symphonic output - particularly his ninth symphony. It also introduces stylistic elements that influenced the work of Franz Schubert and other composers.