McIntire Department of Music

The Charlottesville and University Symphony Orchestra continues its Fanfare Season with "Voices of Spring," an eclectic concert with works by Rimsky-Korsakov, Poulenc and Boulanger. This will be the fourth subscription concert of the 2006-2007 season, and it will be conducted by Music Director Kate Tamarkin. The concert will be on Saturday, March 17 at 8:00pm, with a second performance on Sunday, March 18 at 3:30pm.

Lili Boulanger, the sister of composer Nadia Boulanger and a student of Gabriel Faure, lived in France in the early 20th century. She was the first woman to be awarded the Prix de Rome for her musical accomplishments. During World War I, she founded the French-American Committee of the National Conservatory, an organization supporting musicians fighting in the war. D'un Matin de Printemps was one of the last works she composed before her death in 1918 at the age of 24.

Francis Poulenc, a 20th century French composer, composed the Gloria for orchestra and chorus in 1959. The tone throughout the six movements alternates between sacred and secular, reflecting Poulenc's connections to the Catholic Church and riotous French politics. The Gloria was commissioned by the Koussevitzky Music Foundation of the Library of Congress. When it premiered, the bold melodies and dynamic contrasts were criticized as sacrilegious for betraying the solemn text of the Mass, which has been a part of church liturgy since the fifth century.

The University Singers will perform Poulenc's Gloria with the Symphony. Founded in 1957, they are the University of Virginia's premiere mixed voice ensemble. Directed by Michael Slon, the chorus is almost one hundred voices strong and includes undergraduate and graduate students. Mr. Slon is a member of the music faculty at the University whose credits include being the interim conductor for the Symphony and conducting the University Chamber Singers. The University Singers have toured across the United States and Europe and have sung in the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

Soprano soloist Beverly Myers will join the Symphony and University Singers for Poulenc's Gloria. Ms. Myers has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the New York City Ballet and The London Classical Band. She has also performed with the Opera Companies of Boston, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Atlanta and St. Louis. She has toured with the New York Vocal Arts Ensemble and the Columbia Artists Community Concerts. Ms. Myers has also been on the soundtrack of two Disney films, Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Her recordings include of Beethoven's Choral Fantasy with the New York Philharmonic and a twelve tone song cycle by Noel Zahler.

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade is based on the medieval Middle Eastern epic The Book of One Thousand and One Nights. Rimsky-Korsakov was born in Russia in 1844 and wrote the Scheherazade in 1888. He served in the Russian Navy and for some time was the Inspector of Naval Bands. Rimsky-Korsakov taught at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, and Sergei Prokofiev and Igor Stravinsky both were students of his. He was a prolific composer, writing 15 operas, 11 symphonic works and over 70 romances for voice and piano. The Scheherazade is a programmatic piece, with four movements that mirror stories from the text. The music features a solo violin as the voice of Scheherazade, the storyteller. This lively and colorful symphonic suite has many seaside themes and exciting instrumentation that involves the entire orchestra.

David Colwell will be the violin soloist for Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade. Mr. Colwell is the concertmaster for the Symphony and co-directs the student chamber music program at the University and teaches private violin lessons. Mr. Colwell has had an impressive career, including a solo debut with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra at age 14. In 1998 and 1999, he spent two summers at the Mozarteum's Summer Academy in Salzburg, Austria after winning scholarships from the Johann Strauss Foundation. He spent the summers of 2004 and 2005 studying and performing at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago. Mr. Colwell holds degrees from the Yale School of Music and the University of Alberta.

"Voices of Spring" will celebrate the joys of the season with refreshing vocals and delightful melodies.

Who: Charlottesville and University Symphony Orchestra
Kate Tamarkin, Music Director
What: Voices of Spring
Fourth Concert in the 2006-2007 Season
Program: Lili Boulanger, D'un Matin de Printemps (Of a Spring Morning)
Francis Poulenc, Gloria
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Scheherazade
When: Saturday, March 17 at 8:00pm
Sunday, March 18 at 3:30pm
Where: Old Cabell Hall at the University of Virginia
Tickets: Single tickets range from $11-$25 and can be purchased at the Cabell Hall Box Office at (434) 924-3984, 12pm to 5pm, Monday through Friday. For more information, visit

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