The Azusa Pacific University Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Christopher Russell, presents Symphony No. 7, written by Swedish composer Allan Pettersson. This rare event marks only the second performance ever given of this work in the United States and the first on the West Coast. In addition, the symphony will play Brahms’ Tragic Overture, and APU’s Mens’ Chorale, along with APU faculty member Patricia Edwards, will sing Brahms’ Alto Rhapsody.

When: Tues., March 5, 2013, at 8 p.m.
Where: Haugh Performing Arts Center
1000 W. Foothill Blvd., Glendora, CA 91741
Cost: Admission is free. No tickets required.

Altogether, Pettersson wrote 16 symphonies and was one of the foremost composers of symphonies during the 20th century. Pettersson’s Symphony No. 7 premiered in 1968. The piece is one massive, uninterrupted block of music, lasting 45 minutes and is regarded as his greatest symphony. However, performances of his music in the U.S. are rare. APU’s performance of this Pettersson symphony is the first in the U.S. in nearly 30 years.