May 25, 2018 Arts Calendar
2018-05-25 19:30 2018-05-25 21:00 America/New_York Academy Orchestras Concert Cochran Chapel Andover

Academy Orchestras Concert

7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Cochran Chapel

The Phillips Academy Department of Music presents the Academy Chamber and Symphony Orchestras in concert at Cochran Chapel on the Phillips Academy Campus. The Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Elizabeth Aureden, will perform John Rutter’s Suite for Strings.  Written in 1973, Suite for Strings is based on well-known English Folk Songs, “A-roving,” “I have a bonnet trimmed with blue,” “O, Waly Waly,” and “Dashing away with the smoothing iron.” 


The Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Derek Jacoby, will perform Schubert’s Overture to Rosamunde and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, which began as an idea on a train trip to Boston.  As Gershwin told biographer Isaac Goldberg, “It was on the train, with its steely rhythms, its rattle-ty bang, that is so often so stimulating to a composer – I frequently hear music in the very heart of the noise... And there I suddenly heard, and even saw on paper – the complete construction of the Rhapsody, from beginning to end.” Senior Ruide Wang, piano, will be the soloist. 


The Academy Chamber Orchestra, also under the direction of Dr. Jacoby, will perform works by Herbert, Mahler, and Strauss as well as Brett Abigaña’s Prayer for Strings.  Abigaña is currently on the faculty at Boston University Academy, and is the co-founder and Associate Director of the Boston Composers’ Coalition, a non-profit group of composers dedicated to the creation, performance, and dissemination of new American music.


This concert is free and open to the public.


Cochran Chapel is handicapped accessible. For further information, please contact the Department of Music at (978) 749-4260 or email to

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