May 25, 2011

University Symphony, Percussion Ensemble offer concerts at Meany

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Jonathan Pasternack will conduct the University Symphony in a program featuring Melia Watras as soloist on viola on Friday, June 3; and the Percussion Ensemble will perform on May 31.

Melia Watras

Rosemary Wagner

Melia Watras

The symphony will play Mozarts Symphony No. 39, K. 543; Pendereckis Viola Concerto (with Watras), and Respighis Pines of Rome. In a concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 3, in Meany Hall.

Pasternack is Director of Orchestral Activities at the School of Music during the 2010-11 academic year. He has conducted orchestras, opera and ballet in the United States and Europe. Watras is assistant professor of viola, and teaches viola and chamber music.

The UW Percussion Ensemble and the UW Steel Drum Ensemble (directed by Shannon Dudley) will present music from a variety of musical traditions in a concert titled World Percussion Bash at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, in the Meany Studio Theater.

The Percussion Quartet will perform Vicki Eaklor’s 4 for 4 for Percussion Quartet and several marimba quartet pieces, including an arrangement of Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. Featured soloists include Gabrielle Vizzutti, Lacey Brown and Brian Pfeifer.

The Steel Band Ensemble will perform a variety of Caribbean dance music.

Tickets for both evenings of music are $10. For more information, call the UW Arts Ticket Office at 206-543-4880 or visit the School of Music online.