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About the Concordia University of Edmonton - Robert Tegler Student Centre

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Concordia School of Music and the Concordia University Orchestra present Land of the Free on Sunday, March 3, 3:00 PM at Robert Tegler Student Centre, Concordia Univeristy of Edmonton (7128 Ada Blvd)

In its winter concert the Concordia Symphony Orchestra presents an epic favourite, Antonín Dvorák’s Symphony No. 9, “From the New World.” The Czech composer wrote his last symphony while living as an immigrant in Manhattan’s Upper East Side in 1893. The piece, shaped by his exposure to African-American spirituals and Native American music, instantly became an emblem of North American symphonic writing: the “land of the free” through the lens of a foreigner, and yet one of the most eloquent portrayals of the country.

Brightening the afternoon is a tour de force of the string virtuoso repertoire, the Sibelius Violin Concerto, rendered by acclaimed Canadian violinist Virginie Gagné. The program ends with a celebration of colours driven by the South-American rhythms of Guarnieri’s Dança Brasileira.

The afternoon begins with a pre-concert chat at 2:30. Items for the Concordia student food bank will be gratefully accepted at the door.

Tickets are $20 for Adults, and $15 for Students/Seniors(65+), plus applicable fees.

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