AZUSA, CAAzusa Pacific University’s Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Christopher Russell, performs its first concert of the 2013–14 year on Fri., Oct. 4, with four exciting excerpts from the massive set of operas, “The Ring of the Nibelung” by German composer Richard Wagner. Other pieces include Mozart’s Don Gionanni Overture and Flute Concerto in D, and the West Coast premiere of Czech composer Bohuslav Martinu’s Intermezzo. The free performance begins at 8 p.m., in Upper Turner Campus Center, located on East Campus, at 901 E. Alosta Ave., in Azusa.

Music from the “Ring of the Nibelung” includes, “The Ride of the Valkyries,” “Entry of the Gods in Valhalla,” “Forest Murmurs,” and “Siegfried’s Death and Funeral Music.” The evening’s featured soloist, artist certificate student Felicia Coelho, won APU’s Concerto Competition.

The concert also showcases Martinu's, “Intermezzo for Large Orchestra.” Martinu composed this work in 1950 for the Louisville Orchestra, and it premiered at Carnegie Hall. APU is the first orchestra to perform this piece in the United States in more than 60 years.