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UCD Symphony Orchestra Concert


Thursday 15 November

Astra Hall, UCD Student Centre

8.00 pm

The UCD Symphony Orchestra presents a concert of music on an American theme featuring Dvorak's New World Symphony, instilled with the spirit and folk music of North America, and the Guitar Concerto of Brazilian great Villa-Lobos with exciting young soloist Redmond O'Toole. The concert, which will take place in the Astra Hall, UCD Student Centre on Thursday 15 November at 8pm, will begin with the jazzy overture to Bernstein's West Side Story.

Tickets are €5 (concession) and €10 (normal price).

Contact: Email -  or phone 087 6730199


UCD Symphony Orchestra

The UCD Symphony Orchestra was founded, as the UCD Sinfonia, in 2002 by its current Artistic Director, and students from the UCD School of Music. The aim was to create a platform for the musical talent within the student and staff body of UCD and harness it in a way that had not been previously achieved. The first concert in 2002 saw the orchestra perform with fewer than twenty players, and it has rapidly expanded into the sizeable and versatile ensemble it is today. The orchestra has since built up a formidable reputation in its concerts on campus and in the National Concert Hall with challenging and exciting programmes. Works features in previous concerts include Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony, Ravel’s Bolero, Prokofiev’s 1st Violin Concerto, Copland’s Rodeo, Sibelius’ 2nd Symphony and Shostakovich’s 5th Symphony. The orchestra shall return to the NCH on 9th April 2008 in a programme of music by Ravel, as well as his orchestration of Mussorgsky’s colourful suite Pictures at an Exhibition.

The UCDSO enjoys strong links with the UCD School of Music, and with the other performing groups on campus, having previously been joined in concert by the UCD College Choir and the UCD Choral Scholars. Major soloists have performed with the orchestra, including internationally renowned pianist Philip Martin and violinist Cora Venus Lunny. Redmond O’Toole is making his second appearance with the orchestra, following a successful performance of Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez at the NCH in February 2006. Since that year, funding from the Bank of Ireland and Irish Life has resulted in the creation of ten scholarships for UCDSO members.

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