Masterworks Series 

The Americans

Saturday November 18 at 8:00pm

Old Cabell Hall

Sunday November 19 at 3:30pm

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Performing Arts Center

Benjamin Rous, Conductor

Michael Slon, Conductor

with the UVA University Singers


BARBER  Second Essay for Orchestra, Op. 17

BERNSTEIN  Three Dance Episodes from On the Town

FRAZIER  University of Virginia Suite from Thomas Jefferson: The Making of America

THOMPSON  The Testament of Freedom

The November concerts are sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Vice Provost for the Arts at the University of Virginia.

About the Program

For its November concerts, the Symphony plays four works written by four American composers. The UVA University singers join the orchestra for Randall Thompson’s The Testament of Freedom and J. Todd Frazier’s University of Virginia Suite, both of which use Jefferson’s own writings to illuminate his life and legacy. Samuel Barber’s impassioned Second Essay for Orchestra and Leonard Bernstein’s jazz-inflected Three Dance Episodes” from On the Town, meanwhile, are both attempts to create unique and uniquely American musical languages.

Program notes available on November 10, 2017.


Join UVA Associate Professor of Music Richard Will for a Pre-Concert Lecture on Saturday, November 18 at 7:15pm in the Minor Hall Auditorium.

The Symphony is pleased to offer free online recordings of Professor Will’s Saturday lectures. All Sunday ticket holders will receive an email on the morning of Sunday, November 19 with a link to the lecture recording.

For more information about Pre-Concert Lectures, including directions and an archive of all lecture recordings, click here.


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