Monday, September 13, 2010

UW Symphony launches new season Sept. 16

From a UW press release:

The University of Wyoming Symphony Orchestra's (UWSO) season begins Thursday, Sept. 16, with a 7:30 p.m. performance in the UW Fine Arts Center concert hall.

Tickets cost $10 for the public, $6 for students and $7 for senior citizens. Call (307) 766-6666 to order tickets. Tickets are also available at, or at the Fine Arts and Wyoming Union box offices. Season tickets for the entire UWSO season are also available.

UW faculty member Anne Guzzo has composed a new work to mark the occasion: "Scenes of Love and Hate for Solo Viola and Orchestra."

UW Professor James Przygocki, principal violist of the Cheyenne Symphony, will be the soloist for the performance. As an encore, Przygocki will play "Romance for Viola" by the English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Professor Michael Griffith begins his 22nd year as the UWSO's director. He's chosen Prokofiev's suite from the film, "Lt. Kije" for opening night. The score includes two Russian songs, wonderfully sung by UW Professor Larry Hensel.

Borodin's "In the Steppes of Central Asia" will open the evening. This short curtain-raiser contains music later used in the Broadway show "Kismet." The concert will close with Enescu's brilliant "Rumanian Rhapsody," full of fiery gypsy music for a rousing ending to the evening.

Photo: Violist James Przygocki will be the soloist for the UW Symphony's opening concert Thursday, Sept. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the UW Fine Arts Center concert hall.