APU’s Symphony Orchestra Performs West Coast Premiere of Brazilian Composition

News Release

Azusa, Calif.- The APU Symphony, directed by Christopher Russell, opens its 2011–12 season with a performance of music by Haydn alongside works from both North and South America. This one-of-a-kind concert includes a West Coast premiere and a special guest narrative by APU’s President Jon R. Wallace, DBA.

  • When: Sat., Oct. 1, 8 p.m.
  • Where: Haugh Performing Arts Center,

    1000 W. Foothill Blvd., Glendora, CA 91741

  • Admission is free.

The program features the West Coast premiere of Bachianas Brasileiras #7 by Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos who combines the music of Bach with Brazilian folk music.

"Heitor Villa-Lobos' Bachianas Brasileiras #7 is a work known for its rich melodies, vibrant rhythms, and sheer joy,” director Chris Russell said. “I am honored to perform the West Coast premiere of this wonderful 70-year-old composition. With many Brazilian students in the APU Symphony, this concert is a tribute to the music of their homeland. It's a pleasure to introduce our community to the music of this great composer."

In addition, cello professor Marek Szpakiewicz will solo in Haydn's delightful Cello Concerto. Wallace will narrate Aaron Copland's stirring A Lincoln Portrait.


Joseph Haydn | Overture to La Fedelta Premiata

Heitor Villa-Lobos | Bachianas Brasileiras #7

Joseph Haydn | Cello Concerto in C Major

Aaron Copland | A Lincoln Portrait

For more information and a complete schedule, call (800) 219-9920, email concertinfo@apu.edu, or visit www.apu.edu/music/.