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The ECU Symphony Orchestra 2017 - 2018 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 performances at Wright Auditorium on the ECU campus in Greenville, and one concert at the Paramount Theater in Goldsboro.

 

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VIRTUOSI

Saturday, September 23, 7:30 p.m.
Wright Auditorium [Free]

This year’s season opening concert starts with Elgar's March of the Mogul Emperors and Debussy's Rhapsody fox Saxophone and Orchestra with guest soloist Jeffrey Bair. The program continues with Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4 in F minor, a staple of the orchestral repertoire that gives any orchestra a chance to show its virtuosity.

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NIGHT AT THE OPERA

Saturday, October 14, 7:30 p.m.,
Wright Auditorium [Free]

This concert will feature guest soloists Rachel Copeland, soprano; Jami Rhodes, mezzo soprano and John Kramar, baritone; performing an evening of favorite opera overtures, arias and interludes by Verdi, Puccini, Saint-Saens, Gounod, Wagner and Bizet.

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REFORMATION

Friday, November 10, 7:30 p.m.,

Wright Auditorium [Free]

North Carolina Symphony’s associate principal horn Kimberly van Pelt joins the orchestra as soloist on Strauss' Horn Concerto No. 1. In addition, the orchestra will perform the world premiere of Travis Alford "Just Breathe" and Mendelssohn's glorious Symphony No. 5, "Reformation."

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CONCERTO COMPETITION WINNER

Saturday, February 10, 7:30 p.m.,
Wright Auditorium [Free]

This concert features the winning soloist of the 2017 - 2018 ECU School of Music Concerto Competition. Also in the program Beethoven's Symphony No. 4 in Bb major and Lorenzo Fernandes' Batuque.

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NORTH CAROLINA NEWMUSIC INITIATIVE & TCHAIKOVSKY

Saturday, March 17, 7:30 p.m.
Wright Auditorium [Free]

The orchestra continues its long relationship with the North Carolina NewMusic Initiative with a performance of the winning composition our 13th Annual Orchestral Composition Competition. In addition, the orchestra will perform Bill Robinson's world premiere of the orchestral version of his Cello Concerto, with North Carolina Symphony's principal cellist Bonnie Thron as guest soloist, and Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture.

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NORTH CAROLINA NEWMUSIC INITIATIVE & THE PLANETS

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Saturday, April 14, 7:30 p.m.
Wright Auditorium [Free]

Sunday, April 15, 3:00 p.m.
Paramount Theater [Ticket Info]

The season concludes with The ECU Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Jorge Richter, performing the world premiere of Matthew Ricketts's new concerto for piano and orchestra with guest soloist Keiko Sekino.

As the composer selected by ECU music students to receive a commission through the NewMusic Initiative's unique Commissioning Program, Matthew Ricketts visited us twice during the 2016-2017 season to collaborate with our students and ensembles, teach, and to hear some of his sketches read by Dr. Sekino and the orchestra. Under the direction of Dr. Jorge Richter, to be delivered December, 2017, we're excited to premiere and record this new contribution to the piano concerto literature!

Also in this concert many ECU Symphony Alumni rejoin the orchestra to perform Gustav Holst's "The Planets".

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

Individuals requesting accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should call 252-737-1016 (voice/TTY) at least 48 hours prior to the event.