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Arizona symphony opens season with ‘titans’ Sept. 26

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Posted: Tuesday, September 15, 2009 11:00 pm

The Arizona Symphony Orchestra opens its 2009-'10 season Saturday, Sept. 26, in Crowder Hall with a concert featuring three titans of the 19th century.

The concert starts at 7:30 p.m., opening with the Overture to Giuseppe Verdi's "La forza del destino," conducted by James E. Rogers conducting fellow Jackson Warren.

The program continues with Richard Wagner's "Siegfried Idyll" and Johannes Brahms' Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98, conducted by Arizona Symphony Music Director Thomas Cockrell.

Titans of classical music at the end of the 19th century were Giuseppe Verdi for Italian opera, Richard Wagner for German opera, and Johannes Brahms for instrumental music. All three works on the program define the Romantic aesthetic of the 19th century, while also illustrating each composer's distinctive style, a release said.

The Arizona Symphony, The University of Arizona's pre-professional orchestral ensemble, performs challenging concert programs and collaborates frequently with the UA Opera Theatre and School of Dance productions, the release said.

Conductor Cockrell has served as the Nelson Riddle Endowed Chair in Music, director of orchestral activities and music director of the UA Opera Theater since 2000. In 2007, he was named the director of the James E. Rogers Institute for Orchestral and Opera Conducting, a comprehensive leadership program for advanced conductors.

Titans of the Romanticism

The Arizona Symphony Orchestra in concert, presented by the School of Music at The University of Arizona

Saturday, Sept. 26, 7:30 p.m.

Crowder Hall, UA School of Music Building, Southeast corner of Park and Speedway

$5 general admission

For tickets, call MusiCall at 621-2998, the box office at 621-1162, or go to">

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