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2019-20 season

ASU Orchestras 2019-20 concert season. Innovative programming and groundbreaking guest artists.
The symphony reimagined.

Northern Lights: Centenary Celebration of Sibelius’ 5th Symphony
Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
ASU Gammage

ASU Symphony Orchestra
Jeffery Meyer, Conductor
Katherine McLin, Violin

ASU Symphony Orchestra opens its 2019-20 season with Sibelius’ soaring Symphony No. 5 in honor of the work’s centenary. The concert begins with Latvian composer Pēteris Vasks’ evocative concerto for violin and string orchestra “Tālā gaisma” or “Distant Light” featuring ASU’s Katherine McLin as violin soloist.

Pēteris Vasks: Violin Concerto (Distant Light; Tālā gaisma)
          Katherine McLin, Violin
Sibelius: Symphony No. 5

Towards a More Perfect Union, ASU Gammage Beyond
Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, 7 p.m.
ASU Gammage
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Jeffery Meyer and Daniel Roumain, Co-directors

ASU Gammage in collaboration with the ASU Symphony Orchestra invites you to a theatrical concert with film and spoken word, highlighting new works and powerful compositions that speak to the challenges of our time. Works by Tamar-kali (Mudbound – Academy Award Nominated Film), Daniel Bernard Roumain (New York Times top 10 classical new works), Joel Thompson (ASU Projecting All Voices Fellow), Carlos Simon (Sundance/Time Warner Composer Fellow), renowned spoken word artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph and Grammy®-winners Joan Tower and Martha Gonzalez.

Joan Tower: Made in America
Martha Gonzalez: Vendedores en Accion & Fandango Fronterizo (arr. Noah Luna) (World Premiere)
Carlos Simon: This Land (World Premiere) (ASU Symphony & ASU Beyond Competition Winner)
Tamar-Kali Brown: Excerpts from Red Rice, Cotton and Indigo (World Premiere)
Daniel Bernard Roumain: Cipher (World Premiere)
Joel Thompson: La Lluvia (World Premiere)

ASU Orchestral Strings
Wednesday, Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m.
Katzin Concert Hall
Free admission

ASU Chamber Orchestra, Graduate Recital
Yun Song Tay, Conductor
Francisco Hernández Bolaños, Conductor

The strings of the ASU Chamber Orchestra immerse the listener in a landscape of works spanning over a century from the late romantic to the 20th century avant-garde under the batons of ASU Assistant Conductors Yun Song Tay and Francisco Hernández Bolaños.

Takemitsu: Three Film Scores
Ligeti: Ramifications
Elgar: Serenade for Strings
Britten: Simple Symphony

Schoenberg’s New World: Schoenberg, Korngold, Copland
Friday, Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m.
ASU Gammage

ASU Symphony Orchestra
Jeffery Meyer, Conductor
Michelle Di Russo, Conductor
Jennifer Son, Cello (2019 ASU Concerto Competition Winner)

Schoenberg: Five Pieces
Korngold: Cello Concerto
Jennifer Son, Cello
Copland: Symphony No. 3

This concert features a dynamic collection of works written or revised in post-World War II United States. The first half of the concert presents works by Schoenberg and Korngold, both Austro-Hungarian Jewish refugees working in the United States after fleeing Europe in the 1930s. The concert concludes with Copland’s monumental Symphony No. 3, a work that some have called the “Great American Symphony,” expressing the spirit of a hopeful nation emerging from a generation of war.

ASU Professor Sabine Feisst, a world-renowned expert on Schoenberg, will offer a pre-concert talk revealing the historical and biographical context of these works.
Her most recent book, Schoenberg’s Correspondence with American Composers, was published by Oxford University Press in 2018.

ASU Studio Orchestra Fall Conductor’s Concert
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m.
Katzin Concert Hall
Free admission

Graduate students in conducting lead the ASU Studio Orchestra in an exciting evening of music.

Mozart’s Kings: Coronation Mass and Jupiter Symphony
Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
ASU Gammage


ASU Chamber Orchestra
ASU Chamber Singers and Choral Union
Jeffery Meyer & David Schildkret, Conductors
Jiji Kim, Guitar


Join the ASU Chamber Orchestra and ASU Choirs in two of Mozart’s most celebrated masterworks. Guitar virtuoso and ASU faculty member Jiji Kim brings a slice of modernity to the concert, performing Hilary Purrington’s 2019 concerto Harp of Nerves.

Mozart: Coronation Mass, K.317, C major
Hilary Purrington: Harp of Nerves (Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra) (2019)
          Jiji Kim, Guitar
Mozart: Symphony No.41, K.551, C major (Jupiter)

ASU Concerto Competition Finalist Concert
Thursday, Jan. 30, 4 p.m.
Katzin Concert Hall
Free Admission

Join us as the finalists in the 2020 ASU Concerto Competition compete for the chance to perform with ASU's top ensembles.

Ravel, Kaminsky, and Beethoven Pastoral Symphony
Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
ASU Gammage

ASU Chamber Orchestra
Jeffery Meyer, Conductor
Ursula Oppens, Piano

The ASU Chamber Orchestra joins the global celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday with Beethoven’s beloved Pastoral Symphony. The Grammy nominated pianist Ursula Oppens joins the ASUCO on the first half of the concert performing Laura Kaminsky’s Piano Concerto.

Maurice Ravel: Ma Mère l'Oye (Mother Goose)
Laura Kaminsky: Piano Concerto (2011)
          Ursula Oppens, Piano
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 “Pastoral”

Mazzoli, Pann, and Dvorak Symphony No. 8
Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, ASU Gammage, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 1, 2020, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 4:00 p.m.


ASU Symphony Orchestra
Jeffery Meyer and Yun Song Tay, Conductors
Christopher Creviston, Saxophone

Antonín Dvořák: Festival March
Missy Mazzoli: Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres) (2014/16)
Carter Pann: Saxophone Concerto (World Premiere) (2020)
          Christopher Creviston, Saxophone
Dvořák: Symphony No. 8

Dvorak’s Festival March and Symphony No. 8 bookend this concert of thrilling new works by two major American composers: the other-worldly Sinfonia for Orbiting Spheres by Missy Mazzoli (Chicago Symphony Composer-in-Residence) and a world premiere performance of a new concerto written for the ASU Symphony Orchestra and Saxophonist Christopher Creviston by Carter Pann (2016 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Music).


Weber, Liszt and Shostakovich Symphony No. 5
Thursday, April 2, 2020, 7:30 p.m., ASU Gammage
Sunday, April 5, 2020, 3:00 p.m., Yavapai College Performing Arts Center, Prescott, AZ

ASU Symphony Orchestra

Jeffery Meyer, Michelle Di Russo and Francisco Hernández Bolaños, Conductors
Aoshuang Li, Piano (2019 ASU Concerto Competition Winner)

Weber: Overture to Der Freischütz
Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1
          Aoshuang Li, Piano
Dmitry Shostakovich: Symphony No.5

Virtuosic romantic works by Weber and Liszt provide the first-half counterpoint to Shostakovich’s searing Symphony No. 5, written at the height of the Stalinist purges of the 1930s. Ever since its storied premiere in St. Petersburg in 1937, it continues to be performed and remembered among the most moving and dramatic works of its time.

ASU Studio Orchestra Spring Conductor’s Concert
Monday, April 13, 7:30 p.m.
Katzin Concert Hall
Free admission

Graduate students in conducting lead the ASU Studio Orchestra in an exciting evening of music.

Mahler Symphony No. 2 "Resurrection"
Thursday, April 30, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
ASU Gammage

ASU Symphony Orchestra
ASU Chamber Singers, Choral Union and Concert Choir
Jeffery Meyer, Conductor
Carole FitzPatrick, Soprano
Stephanie Weiss, Mezzo-Soprano

Mahler: Symphony No. 2 (1894)

The ASUSO is joined by Carole FitzPatrick, Stephanie Weiss and the ASU Choirs to end the 2019-20 season with Mahler’s epic Symphony No. 2. An all-embracing narrative continuing the metaphysical questions posed by Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, the work immerses the listener in a journey through life and death, traversing funeral rites and the marching dead, existential crisis, and finally, the soul’s ultimate redemption.

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Don JuanThe ASU Symphony Orchestra opens the 2018-19 with Strauss’s explosive tone poem Don Juan, which launched him to international fame when he was only 25 years old.

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