PREVIEW: University Philharmonic Orchestra

Being a past music student myself, I couldn’t be more excited to attend an orchestra concert again. The University Philharmonic Orchestra is made up of freshman students looking to expand their ensemble experience, playing some of the most well known works ever created. They’re led by Adrian Slywotzky who is a lecturer of conducting. He’s won multiple competitions for his craft, most recently the 2017 Audite International Conducting Competition in Poland. I’m excited to see how Slywotzky leads his students during this performance.

Another thing that I’m particularly interested in is seeing  the connections between members of the orchestra. Being a violinist for nine years, I’m well aware of how lost someone can become in the emotions of the music being performed. At times, a whole orchestra can be tied together in those emotions. It’s a type of energy that isn’t easy to explain, but even the audience can begin to experience it as the mindscapes of the musicians are transferred into the crowd through each note ringing throughout the auditorium.

The program for this particular performance is made up of three pieces, all from differing eras of music which will be especially intriguing for the audience:

Visions of a Renaissance by Chad  “Sir Wick” Hughs

Piano Concerto No. 1 by Sergei Rachmaninoff

Symphony No. 6 by Ludwig van Beethoven

The concert itself is entirely free and will be held in the Hill Auditorium at 8:00 pm, September 22nd.


Ruth is studying architecture at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. She enjoys reading, drawing, and singing when no one's around to hear her.

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