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Symphony Orchestra and Concerto Competition finals

February 5, 2012

The University Symphony Orchestra February 8 concert gives a preview of performances from the University Symphony Orchestra's winter tour. 'It is extremely important that we showcase our talented students,' says Director Wes Kenney. Three student finalists from the highly competitive concerto competition join the orchestra as soloists.

University Symphony Orchestra Director Wes Kenney. Image by CSU Photography.Wednesday, February 8
7:30 p.m.
Griffin Concert Hall
University Center for the Arts

Colorado State University presents the University Symphony Orchestra performing “Fate and Finals” on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m., in the Griffin Concert Hall at the University Center of the Arts, 1400 Remington St.


  • $12/public
  • $7/Colorado State students
  • $1/youth ages 2 to 17

Tickets are available at the University Center for the Arts (UCA) ticket office in the UCA lobby, by phone at (970) 491-2787 or online.

Symphonic tour de force

The orchestra, directed by Wes Kenney, will perform Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 in f minor, one of the most intense symphonies ever written.  “Only the best of orchestras can attempt to play this symphonic tour de force,” said Maestro Kenney. “The difficulties lie in the rhythmically complex first movement, its lovely lyrical second movement, the intricate ensemble challenges of the third and the frenetic finale that leaves the audience breathless.”

Audition winners to perform as soloists

Colorado State University students majoring in music will join the orchestra as soloists, chosen through audition, for the annual, highly competitive concerto competition. CSU soloists include:

  • Brianne Little, flute – Concerto for Flute and Orchestra in D Major, op. 283 by Carl Reinecke
  • Nathan Wilson, saxophone – Rhapsodie for Orchestra and Saxophone by Claude Debussy
  • Sabrina Romney,Flutist Brianne Little participated in the Concerto Competition and will perform in the finals at the February 8 concert.. Image by Harper Point Photography. viola – Der Schwanendreher by Paul Hindemith.

Preview the winter tour!

The concert previews the orchestra’s upcoming tour dates

“As CSU’s music program grows, it is important that our major ensembles canvas the state to get the ‘buzz’ going about us,” said Kenney. “It is extremely important that we showcase our talented students and demonstrate the many things that have improved. We’re excited to go on the road with this message!”

Student soloists

Brianne Little, born in Elmore, Ohio, is a second year graduate student majoring in flute performance.  Because of her strong past in a community orchestra and in Ohio’s Capital University top ensembles, Little has learned the importance of a strong work ethic and the discipline that follows.

When asked why she chose to play the flute, Little said, “Perhaps it chose me?”  “I love the variety of sounds a flute can make - it’s such a versatile instrument.” After graduation, Little plans to pursue a doctorate.

Nathan Wilson is a second year student in CSU’s Master of Music program in saxophone performance. Originally from Grand Junction, Colo., Wilson completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Colorado and was involved with their Wind Symphony, Symphonic and Campus bands. Wilson has also played in Mesa State College’s Wind Symphony, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo and Saxophone Quartet.

His professional playing experience includes the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra, the Loveland Symphony Orchestra, Western Colorado Jazz Orchestra and more. Wilson hopes to attend either the University of Northern Colorado or the Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Va., to find a teaching position and work on his doctoral studies.

Before attending CSU, Sabrina Romney completed her undergraduate music degree at Utah State University and minored in French. Romney is currently in her last semester at CSU as a graduate student studying viola performance. “I love all of the opportunities that this university provides,” Romney says.

“CSU offers so much knowledge and experience that can’t be found anywhere else.” From the age of 4, Romney learned to play the violin from her mother, a trained Suzuki violin teacher.  Eventually, Romney traded the violin for a viola and played for hire in two ensembles, as well as in her high school orchestra.

When asked about the upcoming performance and tour, Romney noted, “This concert will give us soloists the opportunity not only to be featured artists, but also to have the audience that comes with orchestra concerts hear the fruits of our labors.” Post-graduation, Romney will seek a full-time orchestra position in addition to other opportunities such as pit orchestras, chamber ensembles and solo opportunities.

Contact: Jennifer Clary
Phone: (970) 491-3603