poster for March concert by University Symphony Orchestra ORCHESTRA PRESENTS ALL SAINT-SAENS PROGRAM

The Music Program of the University at Albany’s Department of Music and Theatre is pleased to present the University Symphony Orchestra on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 7:30pm at the UAlbany Performing Arts Center on the uptown campus. Under the direction of Christopher Neubert, the program will be an all Camille Saint-Saens one with three of his works performed: Algerian Suite, Danse Bacchanale and Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso for Violin and Orchestra with Jing Su, a sophomore Music major, as featured soloist.

Chiefly remembered for his symphonic poems and his opera Samson et Dalila, Saint-Saëns was notable for his pioneering efforts on behalf of French music. He was a gifted pianist and organist as well as a writer of criticism, poetry, essays and plays.  A child prodigy on the piano, Saint-Saëns studied organ and composition at the Paris Conservatory. He became organist at the famed Church of the Madeleine in Paris in 1857 and was professor of piano at the Niedermeyer School.  Samson et Dalila, originally rejected in Paris because of the prejudice against portraying biblical characters on the stage, was finally staged there in 1890 at the Théâtre Eden.  Over the following years, Saint-Saëns undertook extensive tours throughout Europe, United States, South America, Middle East and East Asia.  In 1886, he wrote Le Carnaval des animaux (The Carnival of Animals), a humorous fantasy not performed during his lifetime but has since won considerable popularity as a work for young people’s concerts.

Jing Su serves as Concertmaster of the University Symphony Orchestra.  Her first performance experience with a professional orchestra was with the Kindred Spirit Orchestra. She later performed with the Symphonic Orchestra at Earl Haig Claude Watson School for the arts.  Originally from Beijing, Jing holds the honor of being the first student from her high school to be a member of the Association of Music in International Schools as a violinist. 

Advance tickets are $5 for the general public and $3 for students, seniors and UAlbany faculty-staff.  Tickets purchased on the day of the show are $10 for the general public and $5 for students, seniors and UAlbany faculty-staff.  For reservations and further information, contact the Box Office at (518) 442-3997.