2013-2014 Season

Horn section of orchestra
The ECU Symphony Orchestra 2013 – 2014 season welcomes outstanding artists performing a variety of interesting and powerful works for orchestra. Maestro Richter will lead the orchestra in a season of five symphony orchestra performances at Wright Auditorium on the ECU campus and two performances with the ECU Choirs at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Greenville. This season also features Van Cliburn’s finalist Di Wu, and concerts with the orchestral composition and concerto competition winners. In addition, the orchestra will perform in Edenton, Goldsboro and Tarboro.

Hye-Jin Kim

Rimsky-Korsakov, Barber & Beethoven

Saturday, September 21
Wright Auditorium, 7:30 p.m. [Free]

This year’s season opener concert starts with the Suite from “The Snow Maiden” by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, followed by Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto with guest soloist Hye-Jin Kim and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 in F Major, Opus 93.

This concert will be repeated September 22 at the Swain Auditorium in Edenton.

Monroe Douglas

Bizet, Mozart & Elgar

Saturday, October 26
Wright Auditorium, 7:30 p.m. [Free]

This concert features Georges Bizet’s Carmen Suite No. 1, Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A major with guest soloist Douglas Monroe and Edward Elgar’s monumental “Enigma Variations”.

This concert will be repeated October 27 at the Paramount Theater in Goldsboro.

Andrew Scanlon

Poulenc & Bruckner

Saturday, November 23
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 7:30 p.m. [Free]
The November 23 concert is marked by Poulenc’s Concerto for Organ with guest soloist Andrew Scanlon.

This concert also features the ECU Choirs in a collaboration with the orchestra. Maestro Richter will lead the combined ensembles on Bruckner’s Mass in D minor, WAB 26, with guest soloists Rachel Copeland, Jami Rhodes, Andrew Crane and John Kramar.

Jeffrey Ward, Rachel Copeland, Jami Rhodes, Perry Smith and John Kramar

Music for the Holidays

Tuesday, December 3
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 7:30 p.m. [Free]
Join the ECU Symphony and Choirs for an evening full of holiday favorites among other great choral music.


Competition Winner

Saturday, February 15
Wright Auditorium, 7:30 p.m. [Free]
This concert features a performance of the winning soloist of the 2013 – 2014 ECU School of Music Concerto Competition. Also in the program ‪Antonín Dvo‬ř‪ák’s‬ Slavonic Dance No. 10 in E minor and Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 4 in D minor.

This performance will be repeated February 16 at Keihin Auditorium, Edgecombe Community College, Tarboro, as part of the Edgecombe Performance Series.

Emanuel Gruber

NewMusic@ECU Festival

Saturday, March 22
Wright Auditorium, 7:30 p.m. [Free]
The orchestra continues its long relationship with the NewMusic@ECU Festival with a performance of the winning composition of the 2013 – 2014 ECU School of Music Orchestral Composition Competition. In addition, the orchestra will premiere a new work by ECU composer marc faris. Also in the program Joel Hoffman’s Cello Concerto with guest soloist Emanuel Gruber.

Di Wu

Van Cliburn Finalist Di Wu & the ECU Symphony

Thursday, April 24
Wright Auditorium, 8:00 p.m.
Tickets are $25 public, $10 ECU student/youth. www.ECUARTS.com or
The season concludes with The ECU Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Jorge Richter, performing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23, featuring Di Wu. “By any standard, Di Wu is an extraordinary artist, and I would gladly crawl over broken glass to hear her again” (Peninsula Reviews). She’s appeared with the Beijing, Cincinnati, Hamburg, Shanghai and Singapore orchestras, to name a few. Also on the program are Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 and Delibes’ Suite from the Ballet “Sylvia.”

In addition to traditional concerts, the orchestra performs the annual educational concert for the Pitt County Public Schools and at the Friends of the School of Music Scholarship Gala.

For performance dates, locations, and repertoire, please view our Current Season page.
For more information on the orchestra, contact:
Jorge Richter, Conductor [richterj@ecu.edu]
ECU Symphony Orchestra
East Carolina University
School of Music
Greenville, NC 27858