UBC Symphony Orchestra

UBC Symphony Orchestra

Date & Time: Saturday, November 1, 8:00pm

Location: Chan Centre for the Performing Arts

Description: Dvorák’s Symphony No. 9 “From the New World” was written while he was in the USA and has become one of the most popular and well known orchestral works in the repertoire. The work shows influences by native and African-American music that he had heard and by the landscapes and peoples he had seen and met. Neil Armstrong took a recording of this symphony to the Moon during the Apollo 11 mission, the first Moon landing, in 1969.

The music of composer Dorothy Chang has been described as “evocative and kaleidoscopic” (Seattle Times) and praised for its colourful scoring and range of dramatic expression. Her music is rooted in the Western art music tradition but often reflects the eclectic mix of musical influences from her youth, ranging from marching band to traditional Chinese music.

Flute soloist Paolo Bortolussi
Raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Paolo Bortolussi has performed throughout Canada the United States and abroad. As a specialist in contemporary music, Paolo is the Co-Artistic Director of the Nu:BC Collective, a new music and arts ensemble in residence at the University of British Columbia. To date he has premiered over one hundred solo, chamber, and orchestral works. Currently principal flutist with the Vancouver Island Symphony, Paolo has appeared as soloist on multiple occasions with the VIS, the Albany (NY) Symphony Orchestra and the Canada West Chamber Orchestra, and has premiered three concerti written for him by Jocelyn Morlock, Jian-Ping Tang, and Dorothy Chang. Paolo co-directs the contemporary players ensemble at the University of British Columbia, and is also on the faculty of Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Trinity Western University. He holds a BMus degree in performance from the University of Ottawa as well as Master and Doctoral degrees in flute performance from Indiana University.

Ticketing Information: This is a FREE event. For more information, visit music.ubc.ca.

Open to public. Recommended for UBC community and general public.