Sarofim School of Fine Arts

Guest Recital: Austin Civic Orchestra

7:30pm - 8:30pm CST February 7, 2015

Alma Thomas Theater

This year’s concert, “The Russians are Coming” will include Aram Khachaturian’s Sabre Dance and Tchaikovsky’s Andante Cantabile for Violoncello and String Orchestra with guest artist cellist Hai Zheng. The second half of the concert features Dmitri Shostakovich’s powerful Symphony No. 5.

There will be a free pre-concert talk in the Caldwell-Carvey Foyer at 6:30pm by Dr. Bob Horick and Dr. Ellsworth Peterson. Dr. Horick will discuss the socio/political aspects of the history of music in the USSR and of Shostakovich’s music in particular, leading up to the premiere of the 5th symphony. Dr. Peterson will call attention to some of the musical characteristics of the work and how they reflect the political climate of the time.


The Austin Civic Orchestra (ACO) is a non-profit civic organization devoted to bringing high quality music to the community and providing a musical outlet for professional and non-professional musicians alike. The Orchestra is directed by Dr. Lois Ferrari, who is also a music professor at Southwestern University. ACO performs six to eight concerts each season, all of which offer programming to suit a wide variety of musical tastes, from traditional classics to pops and most everything in between. 

For concert tickets, visit their website.

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