WWU Symphony Orchestra

Performing orchestral masterworks from the Baroque to the present day, the Western Washington University Symphony Orchestra presents five to six programs a year, including an annual concerto competition concert featuring student soloists. The Orchestra frequently collaborates with faculty and guest artists, along with the Western Choirs and Opera Studio. Recent highlights include a performance of Hindemith’s Mathis der Maler Symphony at the National Association for Music Education All-Northwest Regional Conference; a collaborative residency with Grammy-winning pianist Gloria Cheng; a memorized, choreographed, and costumed production of Peter and the Wolf; and the world premiere of Roger Briggs’ Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra with the acclaimed Friction Quartet. Membership in the orchestra is by audition, and is open to the entire Western campus community.While formal auditions are held at the beginning of fall quarter, interested students are encouraged to arrange an audition at any time during the academic year.

For more information about the Orchestral Program at Western, please contact Dr. Ryan Dudenbostel, Director of Orchestral Studies.

2017-2018 Season Dates and Repertoire

Friday, November 17, 2017 - 7:30 PM
Marquez: Danzón No. 2
Harlin: Piano Concerto (Jeffrey Gilliam, piano) - WORLD PREMIERE
Haydn: Symphony No. 103 in E-flat Major (“Drumroll”)

Thursday, December 7 - Sunday, December 10, 2017
Edwards/Stone: 1776

Friday, February 9, 2018 - 12:00 PM
Student Matinee Performance

Britten: Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra
Marquez: Danzón No. 2

Monday, March 12, 2018 - 7:30PM
​Mazzoli: Holy Roller
Brahms: Variations on a Theme of Haydn, Op. 56
Bernstein: Symphony No. 2 - The Age of Anxiety (Judith Widrig, piano)

Monday, June 4, 2018 - 7:30PM
Winners of the WWU Concerto Competition
Debussy - La Mer
 

Past Repertoire

2016-2017

Adams: Century Rolls (Gloria Cheng, piano)
Bartók - Viola Concerto, op. posth. (Antti Niemistö, viola)
Corigliano: Fern Hill (with the WWU Concert Choir)
Duddell: Ruby (Patrick Roulet, percussion)
Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 in E minor (“From the New World”)
Hindemith: Mathis der Maler Symphony
Janáček: Suite for Strings
​Kernis: Musica Celestis
Navarro - Clarinet Concerto No. 2 (Fabian Nieto, clarinet)
Porter: Kiss Me, Kate
Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor, op. 54 (Nicholas Swanson, piano)
Stravinsky: The Firebird (1919 Suite)
Tchaikovsky: Suite from The Nutcracker
Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

2015-2016

Bach: Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C Major
Bartók: Dance Suite
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A Major
Berlioz: Rakoczy March
Briggs: Concerto for String Quartet (World-Premiere, featuring the Friction Quartet)
Gottschalk: The Banjo
Körvitz: Kreegi Vihik (featuring the combined WWU Choirs)
Mahler: Selections from Des Knaben Wunderhorn (Hannah Petersen, mezzo-soprano)
Messiaen: Oiseaux exotiques (Judith Widrig, piano)
Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf (Narrated by Rosemary Vohs and Choreographed by Pam Kuntz)
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G (Ben Seavello, piano)
Saariaho: Lumiére et pesanteur
Shostakovich: Violin Concerto in A minor (Ian Aegerter, violin)
Sibelius: Symphony No. 1 in E minor
Still: Afro-American Symphony
​Stucky: The Star and the Roses
Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy

2014-2015

Bates: Music from Underground Spaces
Beethoven: Symphony No. 2
Bernstein: Chichester Psalms (WWU Concert Choir)
Brahms: Academic Festival Overture
Briggs: For the Future (World-Premiere, with the WWU Concert Choir)
Copland: Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo
Debussy: Nocturnes (with the WWU Advanced Women’s Chorale)
​Dvořák: The Noon Witch
Dukas: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Gershwin: Cuban Overture
Grieg: In the Hall of the Mountain King
Mozart: Symphony no. 41 (“Jupiter”)
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto no. 3 (Milica Jelača Jovanović, piano)
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto no. 4 (Gabija Vaičekonis, piano)
Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto No. 1 (John Friesen, cello)
Saint-Saëns: Danse macabre
Séjourné: Vibraphone Concerto (George Allison, vibraphone)
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5
Strauss: Horn Concerto No. 1 (Gustavo Camacho, horn)
Stravinsky: Pulcinella Suite
Tchaikovsky: Letter Scene from Eugene Onegin (Yuliya Varavina, soprano)
 

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