Symphony Orchestra

Symphony Orchestra


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. 

2023-24 Performances

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All concerts are approximately 1.5 hours in length. Download concert program in advance.

Saturday, October 28 | 7:30pm
Paul Davenport Theatre
Halloween Concert
Bewitching, mysteriously captivating repertoire including John Williams' Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Suite, Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf, and Saint-Saëns' Danse Macabre.

Friday, December 8 | 7:30pm
Paul Davenport Theatre
Symphonic Concert
Featuring Corelli's Concerto per la notte di Natale, Op. 6 No. 8; Maritsa Brookes Concerto Competition winner Songlee Kim performing Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22; and Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92.

Thursday, February 15 | 7:30pm rescheduled
NEW DATE/TIME: Friday, February 16 | 12:30pm (one hour duration)
Paul Davenport Theatre
Symphonic Concert
Featuring Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet suite (excerpts); Haydn's Symphony No. 94, Surprise; and Maritsa Brookes Concerto Competition finalist Daryn Nowlin, voice, performing Richard Wagner's Wesendonck lieder (numbers 1, 3, 4 and 5). 

Saturday, March 30 | 2pm
Paul Davenport Theatre
Symphonic Concert
Featuring Maritsa Brookes Concerto Competition finalist Madeline Hall, guitar, performing Ponce’s Concierto del Sur; Kodály's Háry János suite; and Dvořák's Symphony in G Major Op. 88, No. 8.


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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