Gustavus Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestras to Present Concert

Posted on November 5th, 2007 by

The Department of Music at Gustavus Adolphus College will present its fall symphony concert on Friday, November 9, featuring both the Gustavus Symphony and the Gustavus Philharmonic. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. in Jussi Björling Recital Hall on the Gustavus campus.

Friday’s concert opens with the Gustavus Philharmonic Orchestra, a thirty member string ensemble, under the direction of conductor Brian Buckstead. In his first year at the College, Mr. Buckstead has selected two works, the Symphony in A Major, “Manheim” by Johan Stamitz and the String Symphony No. 2 in D Major by Felix Mendelssohn.

Following intermission, the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Warren Friesen, will take the stage to present Peter Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36. Following its first performance in St. Petersburg in 1878, the symphony received unfavorable reviews as the four-movement work was seen as too “thoroughly Russian” and dubbed “semi-barbaric.” Since that time, it has become a staple of the symphonic repertoire and one of the most often performed symphonies of the late 19th century.

This performance by the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra is the final major concert prior to its international concert tour in China during late January.

Friday’s concert is free and open to the public.


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