poster for March Orchestra concertORCHESTRA CELEBRATES 500 YEARS SINCE REFORMATION

The Music Program of the University at Albany’s Department of Music and Theatre is pleased to present a concert by the University Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 3pm at the UAlbany Performing Arts Center on the uptown campus. Under the direction of Christopher Neubert, the program will feature Mendelssohn Symphony No. 5 “Reformation” and Edvard Grieg’s “Peer Gynt Suite” No. 1.

2017 marks 500 years since a stubborn monk and towering thinker, Martin Luther, published his 95 theses against the Catholic Church and launched the Protestant Reformation. The Reformation divided the Western church and transformed millions of people’s understanding of their relationship with God.  Mendelssohn’s “Reformation” Symphony was conceived as celebrating the triumph of Protestantism, represented in the finale by Luther’s chorale “Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott” (A Mighty Fortress is our God).

Grieg was asked to write the incidental music for the first production of Henrik Ibsen’s verse drama, Peer Gynt (1867).  The two suites he created strengthened his reputation as the greatest composer in the country and, at the same time, helped establish Ibsen’s masterpiece on the international stage.

Tickets are $6 for the general public and $3 for students, seniors & UAlbany faculty/staff and may be purchased through the Performing Arts Center Box Office.  For further information, contact the Box Office at (518) 442-3997.