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Symphony Orchestra: 'The Power of Bruckner'

April 25, 2014

The University Symphony Orchestra will close its 5th Anniversary season by playing Anton Bruckner's 5th Symphony, a 'phenomenal challenge and accomplishment for the CSU symphony in both endurance of time and strength,' says Director of CSU Orchestras Wes Kenney.

Bruckner's 5th Symphony is filled with emotions ranging from sweetness to volatile. The orchestral sound moves from a whisper to explosions of unison and force.Tuesday, April 29 and
Wednesday, April 30
7:30 p.m.
Griffin Concert Hall
University Center for the Arts
1400 Remington Street

The University Symphony Orchestra will close the 5th Anniversary Season of the University Center for the Arts with a concert entitled "The Power of Bruckner."

Tickets

Tickets are available at the University Center for the Arts (UCA) ticket office in the UCA lobby, by phone at 970-491-ARTS (2787) or online. Youth tickets must be purchased in person at the Ticket Office. Advance purchase is recommended to avoid at-the-door fees.

  • $7/CSU students
  • $1/youth (under 18)
  • $12/the public

Performing symphony a feat

The symphony opened the semester with the mighty Beethoven 5th Piano Concerto, Schubert Symphony No. 5, and Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5.

Director of CSU Orchestras, Wes Kenney, continues this “Season of 5ths” theme with "The Power of Bruckner," where the ensemble will perform the composer’s Symphony No. 5.

This is the first time a Bruckner symphony will be performed at CSU, and learning the piece was no easy feat.

“Playing Bruckner is a phenomenal challenge and accomplishment for the CSU symphony in both endurance of time and strength,” said Kenney.

The musicians must be able to play for over an hour and fifteen minutes, as well as withstand extraordinarily loud music due to the emphasis placed on the brass section.

A dozen alumni return to perform

The concert also features alumni who played in the ensemble during their time at CSU joining the symphony for this monumental work. There are currently over a dozen alumni musicians returning for the concert.

Bruckner’s 5th Symphony is filled with emotions ranging from sweetness to volatile. The orchestral sound moves from a whisper to explosions of unison force.

Sometimes referred to as the "Tragic," "Church of Faith," or "Pizzicato" symphony, the piece was written during a troubled period of the composer’s life. One of his most contrapuntally intricate works, this 5th Symphony was composed on the heels of a very poor reception to his 3rd Symphony.

But Bruckner remained true to his restless drive for rhythm, ever-changing palette of key changes, and stretching tonality that made the 5th Symphony a popular and powerful seminal work that continues to spark an element of mystery and creativity to the listener.

About Wes Kenney

The 2007 Grand Prize Winner of the Varna (Bulgaria) International Conducting Competition, Wes Kenney is now in his tenth season as Music Director of the Fort Collins (Colorado) Symphony.

Named in 2004 to an additional post as Music Director of Opera Fort Collins, he currently conducts three professional operatic productions as well as numerous orchestra concerts and dance performances each season throughout Northern Colorado. Read more.


Contact: Carrie Care
E-mail: Carrie.Care@colostate.edu
Phone: (970) 491-5891