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Symphony Orchestra

Concert II: November 17, 2022 7:30pm

WVU Symphony Orchestra
Antoinette E. Falbo Theatre

Jeffrey Siegfried, saxophone
Mitchell Arnold, conductor

Click here for a downloadable Concert Program available the week of the concert.  

Due to the limited seating in the Falbo Theatre, free tickets will be required for this event.  Due to the limited seating in the Falbo Theatre, free tickets will be required for this event.  Obtain tickets by clicking here.

To view a live stream of this concert on YouTube please click here shortly before 7:30pm the day of the concert.

Program

William Grant Still Afro-American Symphony
Philip Glass Façades
Jeffrey Siegfried, soprano saxophone
George Gershwin An American in Paris

Framing the evening’s program are two great American works credited with bringing sounds of the vernacular into the early mid-20th century concert hall.  The 1931 premiere of Still’s Afro-American Symphony by the Rochester Symphony Orchestra led to a world-wide triumph for the composer whose career began as a protégé of the modernist composer Edgard Varèse.  As an oboist, Still performed in the pit for musicals that are credited with helping to grow the “Harlem Renaissance”.

Gerswhin, who studied orchestration with Still, traveled twice to Paris in the late 1920s.  The sounds of Paris, from its music halls to taxi horns, inspired his great American tone poem.

WVU Professor of Saxophone, Jeffrey Siegfried joins WVUSO to perform Philip Glass’s Façades, originally composed for the noted documentary film, Koyanisquaatsi.  

Siegfried

Jeffrey Siegfried, saxophone