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University Symphony Orchestra Concert: Shostakovich Symphony No. 5

  • Ruby Diamond Auditorium 502 South Copeland Street Tallahassee, FL, 32304 United States (map)

The Florida State University Symphony Orchestra will be presenting their second concert of the 2015-16 season on Friday, October 9 at 8pm in Ruby Diamond Concert Hall. The orchestra will present two monumental works in the orchestral repertoire as well as a new saxophone concerto composed by David Fulmer. 

The program includes: 
➢ Overture from La gazza ladra by Gioacchino Rossini
➢ Concertante Borealis by David Fulmer
➢ Symphony No. 5 by Dmitri Shostakovich

The orchestra will begin with the Overture from La gazza ladra, which will be conducted by the University Symphony Orchestras assistant conductor, Rachel Grubb. The opera’s title translates to The Thieving Magpie and is based on a real event of a sly bird (a magpie) that steals a silver spoon from a wealthy house in Rome.
The opera is seldom performed today, but the overture features some of Rossini’s best writing. 

Patrick Meighan, Professor of Saxophone at Florida State University, will join Dr. Alexander Jiménez and the orchestra for the world premiere of David Fulmer’s Concertante Borealis. The piece centers on the depiction and reflection of the aurora borealis that can be viewed in the northern hemisphere of earth. Concertante Borealis was written for Professor Meighan, who will be retiring after this year from the College of Music at Florida State University after more than 40 years of teaching. His chamber music group, Trio Bel Canto, will be joining him for this performance. 

There are many theories and speculations as to what Shostakovich’s thoughts and feelings were while composing his fifth symphony. The year prior to 1937, his R-rated opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk had been met with less than enthusiastic response by the Russian government. Shostakovich felt an immense amount of pressure to produce a piece that would please Stalin and the Party. What we are left with is nothing short of sparkling brilliance, a long road to perceived triumph. Music Director, Dr. Alexander Jiménez will lead the orchestra through this both devastating and triumphant work.  

For venue and accessibility information, contact Ruby Diamond Concert Hall at 850-644-6500 during business hours Monday through Friday.
For more information, please contact:
Izabel Zambrzycki, Orchestra Manager
Florida State University Symphony Orchestra