School of Music

Symphony Orchestra


The ECU Symphony Orchestra 2015 - 2016 season welcomes outstanding artists performing a variety of interesting and powerful works for orchestra. Maestro Richter will lead the orchestra in a season of six symphony orchestra performances at Wright Auditorium on the ECU in Greenville. This season also features Van Cliburn winner Haochen Zhang, and concerts with the orchestral composition and concerto competition winners. In addition, the orchestra will perform at the Paramount Theater in Goldsboro and the Stevens Center in Winston-Salem.


Voyages and Mystical Songs

Friday, September 25, 7:30 p.m.

Wright Auditorium [Free]

This year’s season opening concert starts with Mendelssohn's Overture to Die Schoene Melusina and Vaughan Williams' Five Mystical Songs with guest soloist John Kramar, followed by Corigliano's Voyage and Smetana's "Vysehrad" from Ma Vlast.


ECU Symphony Halloween

Saturday, October 31, 7:30 p.m.,

Wright Auditorium [Free]

This concert will feature Halloween musical fun for the whole family. Everyone is encouraged to dress up for the Halloween festivities with the ECU Symphony musicians. Hallloween pre-concert activities starting at 6:45 p.m. in the Wright Auditorium lobby!


Pianist Haochen Zhang and the ECU Symphony

Saturday, November 21, 8:00 p.m.,

Wright Auditorium Tickets are $25 public,

$10 ECU student/youth. or 1-800-ECU-ARTS.

This concert features ECU Symphony’s collaboration with pianist Haochen Zhang, performing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3. Since his gold medal win at the 13th Van Cliburn Competition in 2009, Haochen Zhang has captivated audiences with a unique combination of deep musical sensitivity, fearless imagination and spetacular virtuosity. In addition the orchestra will perform Dvorak's Wanda Overture and Khachaturian's Masquerade Suite.


Jacobs, Mendelssohn and Nielsen

Saturday, February 13, 7:30 p.m.

Wright Auditorium [Free]

This concert will feature the premiere of a new work written for the ECU Symphony by Edward Jacobs, Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E minor with guest soloist Ara Gregorian and Nielsen's Symphony No. 1.


North Carolina NewMusic Initiative

Saturday, March 19, 7:30 p.m.

Wright Auditorium [Free]

The orchestra continues its long relationship with the North Carolina NewMusic Iniciative with a performance of the winning composition of the 2015 - 2016 ECU School of Music Orchestral Composition Competition. In addition, the orchestra will premiere the Concerto da Camera for Guitar and Chamber Orchestra by ECU composer Mark Taggart's, with guest soloist Elliot Frank. Also in the program Husa's Pastorale and Barber's First Essay for Orchestra.


Competition Winner

Friday, April 15, 7:30 p.m.

Wright Auditorium [Free]

The season concludes with The ECU Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Jorge Richter, performing with the winning soloist of the 2015 - 2016 ECU School of Music Concerto Competition. Also in the program Dvorak's Symphony No. 9 "New World".

For performance dates, locations, and repertoire, please view our Current Season page.
For more information on the orchestra, contact:
Jorge Richter, Conductor []
ECU Symphony Orchestra
East Carolina University
School of Music
Greenville, NC 27858