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DePauw University Orchestra

The DePauw University Orchestra maintains an active schedule. An all-undergraduate organization, the orchestra focuses on performing and reading music of the standard repertoire, creating a four-year overview that is a cross-section of music including most style periods, regional influences and genres. In 1991, the DePauw University Orchestra won an ASCAP Award for “Adventuresome Programming of Contemporary Music.” It was featured in May and June of 1996 on USAirways in-flight program Ovation, performing works of Stravinsky, Mussorgsky and Grieg.

The orchestra not only performs its own concerts (often broadcast live on WGRE-FM and the Internet), it plays for DePauw Opera productions, accompanies student concerto winners, and performs with the University's choirs, faculty and guest soloists. Students studying conducting and orchestration also benefit from working with the University Orchestra.

Performance by the University Orchestra set to film - composition by Seth Tsui '11

DePauw Chamber Symphony

Selected students from the larger DePauw University Orchestra form the DePauw Chamber Symphony. Founded in 1974, the Chamber Symphony travels and performs during DePauw’s Winter Term in January. Winter Term is specifically designed to provide students with time to focus on a single project. This unique program allows for an intensive rehearsal environment, culminating in national and international touring opportunities.

The DePauw Chamber Symphony has performed in Japan, Italy, Spain, France, Austria, The Czech Republic, Great Britain, Canada, in Southeastern, Southwestern, Western and Northeastern United States, in Carnegie Recital Hall (NYC) and in the Terrace Theatre at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

2013-14 DePauw University Orchestra Concerts

Fall 2013

Friday, September 20, 2013
5:30 p.m.
Bowman Park

O. Smith:  Beauty of the Earth Trumpet Fanfare
Jagger:  Rolling Stones 
Perry:  Firework

Sunday, October 5, 2013
3:00 p.m.
Kresge Auditorium

Puts:  Millennium Canons
Respighi: Fountains of Rome
Grieg:  Piano Concerto in A Minor
     Claude Cymerman, soloist

Sunday, November 3, 2013
3:00 p.m.
Kresge Auditorium

ArtsFest: "Art and the Quest"
Corigliano: Promenade Overture
(quest for recognition)
Lully: Overture to Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme
(quest for status)
Rossini: Overture to William Tell
(quest for retribution)
Prokofieff: Lt. Kije (false quest)
   Valentin Lanzrein, baritone soloist
Tsui: "Virtus Vitae" (life quest)

Monday, November 25. 2013
7:30 p.m.
Kresge Auditorium

Thanksgiving Week Concert
Mozart: Overture to La finta giardiniera
Beethoven: "Fidelio" Overture
Mussorgsky/Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition

Saturday, December 8 - 7 p.m.
Sunday, December 8 3 p.M.
Kresge Auditorium

Annual Holiday Gala Combined Concert
Arnold: Commonwealth Christmas Overture
Williams: "Somewhere in My Memory"
Tchaikowsky: Excerpts from Nutcracker Ballet Suite 

Spring 2014

Friday, February 14, 2014
7:30 P.M.

Music of the 21st Century Closing Concert
John Corigliano, guest composer-in-residence
Corigliano: Promenade Overture
Corigliano: Elegy for Clarinet and Orchestra
     Randy Salman, clarinet
Corigliano: Fern Hill
With DePauw Chamber Singers
     Gregory Ristow, conductor

FEBRUARY 27 - MARCH 2, 2014
SUNDAY - 2:00 P.M.

La finta giardiniera (sung in English)
W. A. Mozart, composer
Joachim Schamberger, director
Orcenith Smith, conductor

Sunday, April 6, 2014
3:00 p.m.
Kresge Auditorium

Concerto Competition Winners' Concert

Dvořák: “Měsíčku no nebi hlubokém” (“Song to the Moon”) from Rusalka
     Emily Barnash, soprano
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3 (I. AllegroAndante)
     Rachel Robin, piano
Spohr: Clarinet Concerto No. 4 (III. Rondo al Espagnol)
     Daniel Hickey, clarinet 
Rossini: “Largo al factotum” from Il Barbiere di Siviglia
     Blake Lampton, baritone
Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto (I. Allegro non troppo and coda)
     Peter Lockman, cello
Massenet: “En fermant les yeux” from Manon
     Lance Orta, tenor
D. Auber: “C’est l’histoire amoureuse” from Manon Lescaut
     Julie Strauser, soprano
Saint-Saëns: Violin Concerto No. 3 (I. Allegro non troppo)
     Lindsey Sullivan, violin 

Sunday, May 4, 2014
3:00 p.m.
Kresge Auditorium

DePauw University Choir and Orchestra Concert
Poulenc: Gloria 
     Gregory Ristow, conductor
Debussy: Nocturnes (Nuage, Fêtes)
     Orcenith Smith, conductor

SUNDAY, MAY 11, 2014
3:00 P.M.

Mother's Day Concert with Fifth House Ensemble
and the DePauw University School of Music 

"Harvest: A Celebration of the People, Places and Stories of Putnam County"
Joseph Curiale: Prairie Hymn 
Aaron Copland: "The Promise of Living" from The Tender Land