School of Music

ECU Symphony Orchestra


The ECU Symphony Orchestra 2018 - 2019 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.


Symphonie fantastique

Friday, November 30, 7:30 p.m.
Wright Auditorium [Free]

This year’s season opening concert starts with Nino Rota's Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra with guest soloist Stephen Ivany.  

Described as playing “exquisitely with a beautiful yet subtle phrasing and having impressive dynamic control” by Douglas Burden, bass trombonist of the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Stephen Ivany is a dynamic trombonist and music educator from St. John’s, Newfoundland. In January 2017, Stephen appeared with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra performing the Albrechtsberger Concerto for Alto Trombone, and the Larson Concertino for tenor trombone.

The program continues with Berlioz' Symphonie fantastique, opus 14, a staple of the orchestral repertoire that gives any orchestra a chance to show its virtuosity.

Beethoven & Dvořák

Saturday, October 6, 7:30 p.m.,
Wright Auditorium [Free]

This concert will feature guest soloist Kwan Yi performing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, opus 15.  

Kwan Yi has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kimmel Center, Kennedy Center, and the Chicago Symphony Center, among others. Mr. Yi has appeared as a soloist with the Russian National Orchestra, Houston Symphony Orchestra, and the Brevard Festival Orchestra under the batons of Hans Graf, Julian Kuerti, Grant Llewellyn and Mikhail Tartanikov.

This concert also features Antonín Dvořák's Symphony No. 8 in G major,
opus 88.

Monroe Douglas
Music from the Americas

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

This concert will start with "Estancia," a ballet suite from the Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera, then Dr. Douglas Monroe joins the orchestra as soloist on Francisco Mignone' s Concertino for Clarinet and Orchestra.

Monroe has performed with the Mariinsky Theater Orchestra, the Aspen Festival Orchestra, the Arizona Opera, the Interlochen Faculty Orchestra, Richmond Currents, and plays regularly with the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra. Before entering academia, Monroe spent a career performing in United States military bands. One of the highest honors of his military career was leading the musical performance for the interment ceremony of President Ronald Reagan in 2004.

In addition, the orchestra will perform the Leonard Bernstein's Symphonic Suite from "West Side Story" in commemoration of the 100th year of Bernstein's birth.

Concerto Competition Winner

Saturday, February 9, 7:30 p.m.,
Wright Auditorium [Free]

This concert features the winning soloist of the 2018 - 2019 ECU School of Music Concerto Competition. In addition, the orchestra will perform the world premiere of Travis Alford's "Apophenia" and Prokofiev's Suite from "Romeo and Juliet."

Miriam Fried
ECU Symphony & Next Generation

Saturday, March 16, 7:30 p.m.
Wright Auditorium [Free]

The orchestra joins forces with the Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival Next Generation program in a performance of Rossini's "The Barber of Seville" Overture, Bach's Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, with guest artists Miriam Fried and Hye-Jin Kim and Mozart's Symphony No. 35 "Haffner."

Miriam Fried has been recognized for many years as one of the world's preeminent violinists. A consummate musician - equally accomplished as recitalist, concerto soloist or chamber musician - she has been heralded for her "fiery intensity and emotional depth" (Musical America) as well as for her technical mastery. Her supreme blend of artistry and musicianship continues to inspire audiences worldwide.

KimKnown for her musical sensitivity and deeply engaging performances that transport audiences beyond mere technical virtuosity, violinist Hye-Jin Kim leads a versatile career as soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician since her First Prize win at the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition at the age of nineteen and a subsequent win at the Concert Artists Guild International Competition.

North Carolina NewMusic Initiative & Mahler's 4th Symphony

Saturday, April 6, 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 14th Annual Orchestral Composition Competition. In addition, the season concludes with The ECU Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Jorge Richter, performing Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 4 with guest soloist Nicole Franklin.

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

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