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Stulberg silver medalist joins University Symphony Orchestra

by Tonya Durlach

Sept. 27, 2011 | WMU News

Photo of Mayumi Kanagawa.
KALAMAZOO--The Western Michigan University Symphony Orchestra will present its first concert of the 2011-12 season at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, at Chenery Auditorium.

Violinist Mayumi Kanagawa, the Silver Medalist of the 2011 Stulberg International String Competition, will join the performance.

The free, public concert begins with the Academic Festival Overture by Johannes Brahms. This beloved satirical piece combines several famous college drinking songs in a classical orchestral context. The show continues with Kanagawa performing the immortal Violin Concerto in D Major by Johannes Brahms, and concludes with Sergei Rachamaninoff's Symphony Number 2 in E Minor. This is considered one of Rachmaninoff's best orchestral works and showcases his mastery of orchestration and incorporating Russian folk tunes and spirit into his music.

The University Symphony Orchestra will repeat this program for the lakeshore community at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10, at the South Haven (Mich.) High School Auditorium.

For more information, contact Matt Jensen in the WMU School of Music at or (269) 387-4678.