String Chamber Ensembles
Each year, several string chamber ensembles form under the direction of Alexander Russell, M.M., including string quartets and string chamber ensembles. These groups feature a variety of classical chamber literature and perform at churches, weddings, and various other organizations throughout the year in addition to monthly chamber concerts at APU as part of the Noon Concert Series in the Darling Library Rotunda.
Under the direction of Christopher Russell, M.M., this group of 70 dedicated musicians performs a variety of classical literature, encompassing music from the Baroque period to the 21st century. Additionally, the Symphony Orchestra collaborates regularly with the Opera Department and Oratorio Choir.
In 2008, the Symphony Orchestra gave the first performance in the United States of Stockholm Diary by Esa-Pekka Salonen. Read the Los Angeles Times review of that concert.
Most recently, Pulitzer-prize winning composer Steven Stucky coached the Symphony Orchestra in preparation for the 2009 West Coast premiere performance of his work, Jeu de Timbres.
The following are the major works that the ensemble has most recently performed, as well as works that are scheduled for performance in the upcoming school year:
Beethoven: Symphonies 5, 6, and 9
Brahms: Symphony No. 2
Elgar: Enigma Variations
Haydn: Symphony No. 82 "Bear"
Lutoslawski: Cello Concerto
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 "Italian"
Mozart: Symphony No. 35 "Haffner"
Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Sibelius: Symphony No. 1
Shostakovich: Symphonies 10 and 11 "Year 1905"
Stravinsky: Symphony in Three Movements
Tapes and CDs are available through the School of Music for many of these ensembles.