Symphony Orchestra

Symphony musicians

Conductor: 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 (2019-2020)

All performances in Paul Davenport Theatre, Talbot College

Friday, November 1
7:30 p.m.

666 Sounds!
A Halloween concert with video projections of horror silent movies, soundtracks from movies Star Wars, Psycho, The Shining, and dark classical music like Grieg’s In the Hall of Mountain King, Berlioz’s Songe d’une nuit du Sabbat, from the Symphonie fantastiques, Op. 14., Dvorak’s The Noon Witch, Op. 108, and Séjourné’s famous Concerto for Marimba and Strings. Featured percussionist, Alexis Wright.*

Advance Tickets: $15/$10 (general admission/students and seniors) Door sales: $20/$15 (cash only at the door)
Purchase tickets in advance online, in person or by phone at 519-672-8800 via the Grand Theatre Box Office (471 Richmond St., London, ON N6A 3E4). Cash only at the door. Advance ticket purchase strongly encouraged.


Thursday, February 13
7:30 p.m.

One Thousand and One Sounds
Debussy’s Préude à l’après-midi d’un faune, Ravel’s Tzigane and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, Op. 35. Featured violinist, Kirit Mascarenhas.*

Advance Tickets: $15/$10 (general admission/students and seniors) Door sales: $20/$15 (cash only at the door)
Purchase tickets in advance online, in person or by phone at 519-672-8800 via the Grand Theatre Box Office (471 Richmond St., London, ON N6A 3E4). Cash only at the door. Advance ticket purchase strongly encouraged.


Saturday, March 28
2:00 p.m.

250 Years of Sounds
The famous Rachmaninov Piano Concerto no. 3 in D minor, Op. 30, and Beethoven’s Symphony no. 5 in C minor, Op. 67, in the year of his 250th anniversary of birth. Featured pianist, Leonardi Joewono.*

Advance Tickets: $15/$10 (general admission/students and seniors) Door sales: $20/$15 (cash only at the door)
Purchase tickets in advance online, in person or by phone at 519-672-8800 via the Grand Theatre Box Office (471 Richmond St., London, ON N6A 3E4). Cash only at the door. Advance ticket purchase strongly encouraged.


*Featured soloists were finalists in last year's Maritsa Brookes Concerto Competition held in January 2019.


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.