VERMILLION, S.D. – The USD Symphony Orchestra will present its opening concert this Friday, Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Aalfs Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public.
The orchestra will feature guest composer/conductor Eddie Mora. Mora, a 2017 Latin American Grammy winner, is the music director of the Heredia Symphony in Costa Rica and a professor of music at the University of Costa Rica School of Music.
The orchestra will perform Beethoven's "Egmont Overture,” Bizet's “L'Arlessiane Suite No. 1” and Stravinsky's "Berceuse and Finale" from Firebird. The USD Symphony Orchestra will also perform the world premiere of Mora's “Tres Haikus for Orchestra,” written and dedicated to the USD Symphony Orchestra.
“I am thankful that our students get the opportunity to work with world-class artists such as Maestro Mora,” said Luis A. Víquez, director of orchestral activities and assistant professor of clarinet. “He is one of the most prominent composers from Latin America, who has been commissioned by important orchestras and chamber ensembles around the world such as the Moscow Radio Orchestra, the Seattle Chamber Players and members from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. It means a lot for us to be able to premiere one of his pieces, particularly since he wrote it specially for our students.”
Mora will be teaching masterclasses and giving lectures Oct. 16-18.