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FSU College of Music Presents University Philharmonia

The Florida State University College of Music and the University Musical Associates are proud to present the University Philharmonia in concert, featuring works by Franz Schubert, Hubert Perry, Andre Waignein, and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.

Recently, the University Philharmonia was invited to perform at the College Orchestra Directors Association National Conference in Jacksonville, Florida on January 29th. As this performance is typically by application only, it speaks volumes to the musicianship of University Philharmonia that they were specially requested. At the conference, they played works by Beethoven, Coleridge-Taylor, Perry, and Rimsky-Korsakov, two of which can be heard at their next performance in Opperman Music Hall on February 16th at 7:30 PM.

The approaching University Philharmonia performance will yield a varied and exciting program celebrating Schubert’s 226th birthday, women in music, and young musicians such as the FSU Young Artists concerto competition winner, saxophonist Dawson Coleman.

To celebrate Schubert’s Birthday, the concert will open with his Rosamunde Overture which will be conducted by doctoral student, William Whitehead. Following Schubert’s Overture will be Hubert Perry’s work, “Lady Radnor’s Suite”. An English composer from the late 19th century, Hubert’s piece celebrates the rich history of women in music. After the intermission, University Philharmonia will perform Andre Waignein’s Rhapsody for Alto Saxophone, featuring Young Artists Competition winner, Dawson Coleman. As per director, Dr. Alexander Jiménez, this piece “brings out the expressive quality of the saxophone” and this will be the work’s Florida State University premiere. The final work of the evening will be Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol, a work inspired by Spain, his favorite port during his time as a naval officer. Typically a feat even for professional orchestras, Dr. Jiménez chose to program this piece due to the strong nature of the undergraduate ensemble. Dr. Greg Jones, Associate Dean for Outreach and Engagement, says “the sparkling instrumentation and energy of Capriccio Espagnol by Rimski-Korsakov features the breadth of the full symphony orchestra in its presentation of folk and dance-inspired melodies. Join us in this wonderful evening of music expertly offered by our talented College of Music students.”

For tickets, please visit This event will be livestreamed on WFSU.

Written by Abby Johnson

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