poster for University Symphony OrchestraORCHESTRA PRESENTS

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 12, 2020 at 7:30pm at the UAlbany Performing Arts Center on the uptown campus. Under the direction of Christopher Neubert, the program will be all Beethoven with Symphony No. 5 and the Prometheus Overture.

Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67 was written by Beethoven between 1804 and 1808. It is one of the best-known compositions in classical music and one of the most frequently played symphonies. It is widely considered one of the cornerstones of western music.  First performed in Vienna's Theater an der Wien in 1808, the work achieved its prodigious reputation soon afterward. E. T. A. Hoffmann described the symphony as "one of the most important works of the time."

The Creatures of Prometheus, Op. 43 is a ballet composed in 1801 following the libretto of Salvatore Viganò.  It is the only full length ballet by Beethoven and is an allegory based on the mythical story of Prometheus who stole fire from Zeus in order to create mankind from clay.   In the ballet, Prometheus finds mankind in a state of ignorance and decides to introduce the ideas of science and art to them, largely based on Beethoven's own support of the Enlightenment movement. It premiered at the Burgtheater in Vienna and 28 performances were held.

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.