Symphony Orchestra

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Simone Luti


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Tuesdays & Thursdays
3:30 - 5:30pm

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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. 

2021-22 Performances

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All concerts are approximately 1.5 hours in length.

Sunday, November 28 | 3pm
Paul Davenport Theatre
Music from Beethoven, Chopin, and De Falla
Beethoven Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 (Pastoral), Chopin Piano concerto n 2 in F minor op 21, and De Falla El sombrero de tres picos, suite n 1. Featured soloist: 2021 Maritsa Brookes Concerto Competition finalist Winnie Zheng, piano (Chopin).
As a ‘welcome back’ gesture to our loyal community, we are pleased to offer this event at no charge. No ticket purchase or reservation required. To make an optional donation, please visit our Giving webpage.

Thursday, February 17 | 7:30pm – CANCELLED
Paul Davenport Theatre
Music from Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, and Enescu
Mendelssohn Symphony n 4 in A major op 90, “Italian”, Tchaikovsky Orchestral suite n 3 in G major op 55, and Enescu Romanian Rhapsody n 1 op 11.

Sunday, March 27 | 5pm
Paul Davenport Theatre
Music from Bernstein, Dvorak, Creston and Koppel
Bernstein Overture to Candide, Creston Concertino for marimba and orchestra op 21, Koppel Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra n 1, and Dvorak Symphony n 9 in E minor op 95, “From the New World”; Conductor, Simone Luti. Featured soloists: 2021 Maritsa Brookes Concerto Competition winners, Andrew Busch (Koppel) and Meagan Foster (Creston), percussionists.

2020-21 Season Recording

Featuring works by Beethoven, Grieg, Schubert, Debussy, Copland, Mahler and Barber.
Selections performed Dec 5, 2020 and April 1, 2021 (rehearsal). Released May 27, 2021.
Conductor, Simone Luti
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Performance Excerpts

Excerpt from “Symphony No. 7 (III. Presto-Assai meno presto)”, Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor, Simone Luti


Excerpt from: Variations on an Original Theme, "Enigma" (Var. IX "Nimrod"), Edward Elgar
Conductor, Tyrone Paterson

Meet the Artists

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.

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