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Symphony Orchestra presents "German Romantics"

Nov. 4, 2000

KALAMAZOO -- The WMU Symphony Orchestra will present "The German Romantics" on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 19. The concert will begin at 5 p.m. in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. Admission is free.

Conductor Bruce Uchimura has programmed works by German masters which will display the ensemble's versatility. Franz Schubert's overture to the ballet Rosamunde will open the concert. One of the most famous overtures, it will be conducted by WMU graduate student Chung Park. Richard Wagner's Siegfried Idyll will follow. Written to celebrate the first birthday of Wagner's son, Siegfried, the work is filled with beautiful motives that are also heard in his opera, Siegfried, from the Ring Cycle.

The concert will close in direct contrast to Wagner's German Romantic style with the more traditional, but equally expressive, sounds of Johannes Brahms. His Second Symphony is a monumental piece which stresses the traditional elements of form, rhythm & meter, and melody and harmony.

Media contact: Kevin West; 616 387-4678; kevin.west@wmich.edu

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