Sunday, December 4, 2016

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Arabian Nights Arabian Nights

SDSU Symphony Orchestra Presents Arabian Nights

The concert takes place 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 16, in Smith Recital Hall.

Internationally renowned conductor Matthew Rowe will lead the SDSU Symphony Orchestra in a vibrant musical program at 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 16, in Smith Recital Hall on the SDSU campus.

The centerpiece of the concert is Rimsky Korsakov’s "Scheherazade," a symphonic suite composed in 1888 and based on the book, "One Thousand and One Nights." This orchestral work combines two features common to Russian music and of Rimsky-Korsakov in particular: dazzling, colorful orchestration and an interest in the East. "Scheherazade" is a joy for audiences and musicians alike.

Also on the program is Hector Berlioz’ "Roman Carnival Overture," a work conceived by reusing music from Berloz’ opera, "Benvenuto Cellini," into a brief orchestral overture reflecting the spirit, light and colors of Italy.

Additionally, G.F. Handel’s "Concerto Grosso Op. 6, No. 5," is one of a series of 12 concerts considered to be a fine example of Baroque orchestral music with melodic beauty. This piece features the SDSU String Orchestra and members of the acclaimed Hausmann Quartet as soloists.

About Matthew Rowe

London-born Rowe, director of Orchestral Studies, has worked with all the BBC orchestras, as well as the London Philharmonic, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and has conducted many ensembles across Europe and beyond.

He has built a strong reputation for education and outreach work and is increasingly in demand as a conducting pedagogue. Rowe's enthusiasm and passion for music continues to inspire many musicians and audiences.


Tickets for the performance are available at or may be purchased one hour before performance time at the Smith Recital Hall Box Office. For further information, please call 619-594-1017.