Symphony Orchestra

Gonzaga Symphony Orchestra performs at the opening of the MWPAC

Conductor: Dr. Kevin Hekmatpanah

 The Gonzaga Symphony Orchestra is comprised of students, faculty, and musicians from the greater Spokane community.

Open to all students by audition, the orchestra performs regularly at the acoustically outstanding and state-of-the-art Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center. It has a long tradition as one of the finest community orchestras in the region and its repertoire contains some of the most demanding pieces in orchestral music.

The orchestra has featured soloists of national and international distinction, including violinists Midori, Shlomo Mintz, Cho-Liang Lin, and Itamar Zorman; violist Paul Coletti; cellists Lynn Harrell, Matt Haimovitz and Brannon Cho; double bassist Gary Karr; pianists Pascal Rogé, Simone Dinnerstein, Alon Goldstein and Awadagin Pratt; and clarinetist Richard Stoltzman. Many of the soloists also provide master classes and coaching for students.

Past performances include:

Tchaikovsky Symphony No 1 in G Minor, Op 13 Winter Dreams

Beethoven Overture to the Consecration of the House, Op. 124

Chausson La Nuit, Op. 11 – Rachael Gowen, soprano/Katrina Baber, mezzo-soprano

Mozart Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major, K216; Allegro – Rylan Virnig, violin

Rimsky-Korsakov Russian Easter Overture, Op. 36

Respighi Pines of Rome (1924)

Elgar Variations on an Original Theme Enigma, Op. 36

Marriott Double Bass Concerto Klezmorim World Premiere; Gary Karr, double bass soloist

Bottesini Reverie and Tarantella for Double Bass and Orchestra; Gary Karr, double bass soloist

Lalo Cello Concerto in D Minor; Complete + Encores: Casals; Kabalevsky; Bach/Lynn Harrell, cello

Dvořák Symphony No. 8 in G Major, Op. 88

Learn more by visiting the orchestra's website.


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