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From Vivaldi to Broadway, Student Performances Promise Variety

UT Dallas String Orchestra

Members of the UT Dallas String Orchestra performed at last week’s Celebration of Support. Hear them, the Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra at a free performance at 8 p.m. Tuesday. 

The UT Dallas Wind Ensemble, String Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra, involving nearly 100 UT Dallas student musicians, will present a night of classical music at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Edith O’Donnell Arts and Technology Building lecture hall.

“The students have been working very hard for this concert and are very excited. Our program is packed with musical selections that are sure to delight and captivate the listeners. Many pieces are very familiar to the public and are the type of selections everyone loves to hear,” said Dr. Linda Salisbury, director of the UT Dallas String Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra. “Through this performance, we hope many people will be stirred by our passion for music at UT Dallas.”

Conducted by Salisbury, the String Orchestra will perform Vivaldi’s “Spring,” from the Four Seasons, featuring concertmaster Michael Trinh as violin soloist and UT Dallas faculty member Mary Medrick on keyboard. The orchestra also will play “St. Paul’s Suite” by Gustav Holst.

The Symphony Orchestra, a recent addition to the School of Arts and Humanities, will conclude the evening with Edvard Grieg’s “Peer Gynt Suite No. 1” and “Hoe-Down” from Aaron Copeland.

Under the direction of Greg Hustis, who is principal horn emeritus of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Wind Ensemble will perform Joseph Jenkins’ “American Overture for Band” and “Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral” by Richard Wagner, among other works. 

The concert is free and open to the public.

‘Best of Broadway’
Starting Thursday and running through Saturday, UT Dallas students from the vocal instruction class and members of the UT Dallas Chamber Singers will present “Best of Broadway VII: Comedy Tonight.” With a night of selected comedic songs from the Broadway hits A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Company, Urinetown, You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, A Very Potter Musical! and Kiss Me, Kate. 

“Every year, our students in the cast help publicize the event by doing Facebook postings, putting up posters and handing out postcards,” said director Kathryn Evans, who is also an arts and humanities senior lecturer. “We are thrilled that their efforts have been particularly successful this year, with over 2,500 people visiting our site in just one day after we posted rehearsal photos. We look forward to a big turnout this year.”

The performances will be at 8 p.m. in the University Theatre. Shows are free and open to the public.

Media Contact: The Office of Media Relations, UT Dallas, (972) 883-2155, [email protected].

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