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November 07, 2013 | Cecelia Fielding

The Brigham Young University School of Music will present the Philharmonic Orchestra, directed by Kory Katseanes, in a performance of “The Orchestra Dances” Thursday, Nov. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall.

Tickets are $10 for the public, $9 for alumni and senior citizens and $6 for students. They can be purchased at the Fine Arts Ticket Office, (801) 422-2981 or at

The program will open with Jacques Offenbach’s “Orpheus in the Underworld” and Antonin Dvorak’s Slavonic Dance, Op. 72, no. 2. After the intermission, the orchestra will conclude with Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances, Op. 45.

Director Katseanes explains the theme of the performance.

“Tonight the orchestra invites you to go dancing. All the works on the program are dances of some sort or have dance music embedded within. The overture, for example, is not strictly dance music, and unless you know this work, you would not know it contains one of the most famous dances ever penned,” he said.

“After a brilliant opening, the solo clarinet interrupts the orchestra and shortly thereafter hands the stage to the solo cello, whose heartfelt melody represents our hero, Orpheus, accompanied, according to the mythology, by his instrument of choice, the harp.”

The Philharmonic Orchestra plays compositions from all musical periods, focusing on the romantic period but also including 20th- and 21st-century music. Nearly 100 of the university's finest musicians bring these great symphonic works to life.

For more information, contact Kenneth Crossley, (801) 422-9348,

Writer: Brett Lee