Emory University Symphony Orchestra plays from around the world during Oct. 24 concert

Emory Report | Oct. 21, 2020

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Members of the Emory University Symphony Orchestra can’t perform together on stage yet, so the group’s first concert of the academic year will feature student musicians performing from their homes around the globe.

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The Emory University Symphony Orchestra (EUSO) will present its first concert of the academic year on Saturday, Oct. 24, at 8 p.m., streaming from the Schwartz Center Virtual Stage. Featuring material recorded during the spring and fall semesters, this concert showcases Emory student musicians from their homes around the globe. The event is free and open to the public.

“This performance was a six-month effort, conceived and logistically planned shortly after Emory pivoted to virtual learning in March 2020,” explains Paul Bhasin, EUSO conductor and director of orchestral studies in the Department of Music. “Students prepared, recorded and uploaded their individual parts to major orchestral works by Copland, Shostakovich, Bizet and Bach from all over the U.S. and abroad.”

Bhasin, EUSO students Yihoon Shin and Eric Zhang, and Atlanta-based violinist and composer Alice Hong produced the 40-minute video, assembling the individual recordings into a singular concert experience.

In addition to the major orchestral works (including Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” featuring the Vega String Quartet), the EUSO will premiere works by Emory student composers. They also will perform Bhasin’s new score for 9/23 Films’ upcoming motion picture “Sister Carrie” along with unreleased clips from the film starring Fabrice Calmels, lead dancer with the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago.

For more information, visit the Schwartz Center website or call the Schwartz Center box office at 404-727-5050.