Symphony Orchestra

Conductors: Tyrone Paterson and Simone Luti

The Western University Symphony Orchestra’s repertoire is representative of works from the symphonic repertoire, opera, oratorio and contemporary compositions. The orchestra also collaborates with Opera Workshop and the university’s choral ensembles. The Maritsa Brookes Concerto Competition allows student performers to present a full concerto with orchestra.

Auditions:

Audition required. Open to all Western students. Complete information and audition excerpts can be found here.

All wind, brass and percussion students planning to audition for this ensemble should complete and bring this form to their audition.

Rehearsals:

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

View course outline for more information or visit the MPS general ensemble information page.

Performances (2018/2019):

All performances in Paul Davenport Theatre, Talbot College

Wednesday, October 24, 2018
12:30 p.m.* and 8 p.m.
Conductor: Tyrone Paterson
A Taste of Britain – Vaughan Williams’ Prelude "49th Parallel" and Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis; Elgar's Variations on an Original Theme, "Enigma" (Var. IX "Nimrod"), and Haydn’s London Symphony, No. 94, G Major, "Surprise."
*Abridged lunch-hour concert (program will include Haydn and others TBA. Lunch-hour concert includes guests from Port Credit Secondary School Regional Strings Program, led by Andrew Kizas, performing selections from Haydn's Symphony no. 104 in D Major "London")

$15/$10 - general/students and seniors ($20/$15 cash only at the door)
Purchase online or call the Grand Theatre Box Office at 519-672-8800. Cash only at the door.


Saturday, December 1, 2018
2:00 p.m.
Conductor: Simone Luti
Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, A Major, Op.92, Bartok’s Viola Concerto, and Barber’s Adagio for Strings. Featured soloist Christian Wrona, viola*.

$15/$10 - general/students and seniors ($20/$15 cash only at the door)
Purchase online or call the Grand Theatre Box Office at 519-672-8800. Cash only at the door.


Saturday, February 9, 2019
2:00 p.m.
Conductor: Simone Luti
Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1, D Major, Op. 19, Schubert’s 8th Symphony No. 8, B Minor, D. 759, "Unfinished", and Rossini’s Overture from William Tell. Featured soloist Kelvin Mun, violin*.

$15/$10 - general/students and seniors ($20/$15 cash only at the door)
Purchase online or call the Grand Theatre Box Office at 519-672-8800. Cash only at the door.


Saturday, March 16, 2019
2:00 p.m.
Conductor: Tyrone Paterson
Mozart’s Symphony No. 36, C major, K. 425, "Linz" and Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3, C Major, Op. 26. Featured soloist Dan Luong, piano*.

$15/$10 - general/students and seniors ($20/$15 cash only at the door)
Purchase online or call the Grand Theatre Box Office at 519-672-8800. Cash only at the door.


*Featured soloists were finalists in last year's Maritsa Brookes Concerto Competition held in January 2018.


Meet the Artist

Each year, winners of the Maritsa Brooks Concerto Competition are awarded a performance with the Symphony Orchestra.

Daniel Dennis

On March 24, 2018, cellist Daniel Dennis, BMus'18, performed Shostakovich's Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major, Op. 107 with the Symphony Orchestra during their final concert of the year. Daniel speaks about his performance and plays an excerpt from the piece.

Christian Golding

On April 1, 2017, pianist Christian Golding, BMus'16, MMus'18 performed Beethoven's majestic "Emperor" Piano Concerto No. 5, Op.73 with the Western University Symphony Orchestra during their final concert of the year. In an interview with conductor Tyrone Paterson, Christian speaks about his performance and plays an excerpt from the piece.