poster for March concert by University-Community Symphony OrchestraORCHESTRA OFFERS PROGRAM OF THREE WORKS

The University at Albany Department of Music is pleased to present a concert by the University-Community Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 3pm in the Main Theatre of the Performing Arts Center on the uptown campus. The program will feature three works: Shostakovich’s Festive Overture, Hubert Parry’s Lady Radnor's Suite and L'Arlesianne Suite No. 2 by Georges Bizet.

The Festive Overture in A major, Op. 96, was written by Dmitri Shostakovich in 1954 for a concert held at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow to commemorate the 37th anniversary of the October Revolution(which took place in 1917). The Bolshoi's conductor, Vassili Nebolsin, found himself without a suitable new work to open the concert and contacted Shostakovich just days in advance. The composer set to work on the overture with great speed, completing it in only three days.

Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry was an English composer, teacher and historian of music.  Most of the set of movements for string orchestra published as An English Suite was composed during 1914, but the work was left unfinished at his death.  Emily Daymond, Parry's amanuensis, gathered movements which date from the preliminary work he did for the Lady Radnor Suite in the 1890s and chose the order of the eight movements. As individual entities, the work represents a sort of compendium of Parry's mature style and many of the movements are masterful examples of Parry at his best.

L'Arlésienne Suite No. 2, for full orchestra, was arranged and published in 1879, four years after Bizet's death, by Ernest Guiraud using Bizet's original themes from the incidental music he composed for Alphonse Daudet's play L'Arlésienne in October of 1872 at the Vaudeville Theatre (now known as the Paramount Theatre). The second suite is generally credited to Bizet since he wrote the themes and the basic orchestration.

Christopher David Neubert is currently in his fifth season as conductor of the University-Community Symphony Orchestra. In addition to his position at UAlbany, Neubert is a member of the Music Faculty at The College of Saint Rose where he serves as a member of the String Education faculty, Professor of Double Bass, Core Curriculum Faculty, and has conducted both the College Chamber Orchestra and the Wind Ensemble.

Having retired from his position as Director of Music for the Niskayuna School District and thirty-five years in public school music in New York, Neubert remains active as a New York State School Music (NYSSMA) All-State and Major Organization Adjudicator, and guest conducts a variety of band and orchestra festivals throughout the Northeast.

He founded the Port Jefferson Pops Orchestra which delighted audiences during its summer season concert schedule in the late 1980’s. During this same time, Neubert conducted the Allentown, PA Symphony Pops Orchestra.

Neubert currently  maintains The Neubert Studio in Saratoga Springs where students study violin, viola, cello and double bass in preparation for careers in both educational and performance music.

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.