Whatâ€™s a celebration without musical accompaniment? As the 60th anniversary celebration of the University of San Diegoâ€™s founding continues in 2009, the occasion will be marked by two USD Symphony Orchestra performances, featuring Anton Brucknerâ€™s Te Deum, this weekend at Shiley Theatre.
â€œWeâ€™re really honored for this opportunity,â€ USD Symphony Orchestra Director Angela Yeung said. â€œThe orchestra is the largest instrumental ensemble that represents USD so weâ€™re really excited to perform these concerts.â€
Taking place Friday night at 8 and again Sunday at 2 p.m., these concerts will showcase the musical talents of USD students, alumni, faculty, staff and community participants. Alumni scheduled to perform include Goldie Sinegal â€™75, Steven Holc â€™00, Adam Johnson â€™00, Elizabeth Zele â€™01 and Tony Krzmarzick â€™08. Four singers, Therese Bulat (soprano), Amanda Leger â€™10 (alto), Krishan Oberoi (tenor) and Eugene Langlois Jr. (bass), are to be joined by members of the USD Immaculata Choir and the San Rafael Festival Choir.
An added attraction, Yeung said, is the inclusion of three young, award-winning local pianists â€” Adrian Liao, Dominique Kim and Matilda Rudolph in the performances. Each of the pianists, ages 15 and younger, won their respective San Diego divisions of the Music Teachers Association of California Concerto Competition held at USD in February.
â€œItâ€™s always been said that USD is all about the community. At this event weâ€™re not just celebrating USDâ€™s anniversary, but weâ€™re also inviting members of the community to be part of the program,â€ Yeung said.
In addition to Te Deum, which translates to a thanksgiving to God, the symphony orchestra will also play selections from the groupâ€™s March tour to Quito, Ecuador. CD copies of the orchestraâ€™s performances in Quito will be available for purchase at both shows and, later, at the USD Bookstore.
Concert tickets will be sold only at the door. The cost is $10 general admission, $8 for seniors, USD faculty, staff and alumni, and $5 for students with ID card.
Following this weekendâ€™s concerts, USD’s music faculty, students and ensembles will have their annual end-of-the-year program â€” this year welcoming Mary Boyd, the new dean of USDâ€™s College of Arts and Sciences â€” at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 2, in Shiley Theatre.
In addition to USD musicians, Maestro Philipp Mann, assistant conductor for the San Diego Symphony, will conduct a combined orchestra of the USD Symphony and Guadalajara Youth Symphony performing George Gershwinâ€™s Rhapsody in Blue. The piano soloist is USD music alumna Maria (Yrjola) Parker â€™00.Â The May 2 show is free, but Yeung said donations will be accepted to benefit USDâ€™s Anne Catherine Swanke Memorial Scholarship and Sister Rossi Music Scholarship.
â€” Ryan T. Blystone
For more information about USDâ€™s Music Department, click here.
For more information about USD’s 60th anniversary celebrations click here.