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

Janice Chandler-Eteme, Soprano

Glenn Seven Allen, Tenor

Bill Barker as Thomas Jefferson

with the UVA University Singers


BARBER  Second Essay for Orchestra, Op. 17

BERNSTEIN  Three Dance Episodes from On the Town

THOMPSON  The Testament of Freedom

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

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

The 2017-18 season is made possible in part by a major gift from The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation.

About the Program

For its November concerts, the orchestra plays works written by four American composers—two inspired by Thomas Jefferson and two written in the shadow of World War II. 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 attempts to create unique and uniquely American musical languages.

Read the program notes for the November concerts by clicking here.


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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For information about the venues, directions, parking and accessibility, click here.


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