GENESEO, N.Y. – The Geneseo Symphony Orchestra opens its fall season Oct. 18 with works by Ralph Vaughn Williams, Carl Nielsen and Tchaikovsky. Conducting the orchestra will be James Walker, distinguished service professor of music in the School of the Arts. The concert begins at 3 p.m. in Wadsworth Auditorium and is open to the public without charge. The program will feature “Five Variants on Dives and Lazarus” for String Orchestra and Harp by Williams; the “Aladdin Suite” by the renowned Danish composer Nielsen; and Tchaikovsky’s bombastic “1812 Overture,” replete with sounds of cannons and church bells. Nielsen’s “Aladdin Suite” is part of a “Nielsen Year” of performances of works by the Danish composer and is sponsored by Professor Anne-Marie Reynolds in the School of the Arts. Reynolds specializes in Nielsen’s life and works and will present insights into the composer at the concert. The Geneseo Symphony Orchestra is a collaboration between the best wind, percussion and string players in the SUNY Geneseo student body and members of the music faculty who coach and perform in the ensemble. The result is the performance of some of the finest literature written for a large orchestra. For more information on this season's performances, visit the School of the Arts page or call 585-245-5824.
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