RIT Orchestra

RIT Orchestra - 2013-2014 Season

Cross-cultural connections

The 2013-2014 RIT Orchestra season will be dedicated to works that combine traditional Western forms and genres with music of other cultures. We will begin with Bizet's Suite No. 2 from his opera Carmen, intermingling French dramatic form and orchestration with Spanish dance and folk music. Later in the year, we will perform orchestral works that include musical influences and instruments from Brazil, the African continent, and India.

This year we are moving to semesters, and so beginning a new schedule. RIT Orchestra rehearsals will be 5:00-6:15 Mondays and Wednesdays, in the music room, basement of the SAU. Registration and audition information can be found here.

Spring 2014 RIT Orchestra Performances

Kirill's Koncert

Saturday, March 15, 3:00pm
Allen Chapel, Schmitt Center for Religious Life
Free-will Donation

RIT Orchestra alumna Svetlana Bukharina (RIT 1999-2003) tragically lost her three-year-old son Kirill in December. The RIT Orchestra is dedicating its first concert of the spring semester, featuring Russian and Classical music of, youth, struggle, and renewal, to Kirill's memory, and in honor of our friend Svetlana. Svetlana will be joining us, along with a number of alumni from her days in the RIT Orchestra. A free-will donation will be taken for a fund set up in Kirill's memory for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.


Friday "Weekender" Performance: Statesmanship and Liberty

Friday, April 11, 5:00pm
Allen Chapel, Schmitt Center for Religious Life
Free admission

To help celebrate the opening of the RIT Center for Statesmanship, Law, and Liberty, the RIT Orchestra will perform American music written near the time of the ratification of the U. S. Constitution and pieces inspired by important songs of the Civil War, with liberty and freedom as unifying threads. Professor of Political Science Dr. Joseph Fornieri, who is the driving force behind the development of this new center, will offer commentary, and we will urge him to lead us in the singing of a verse or two of "Battle Hymn of the Republic."


Melodies Unheard: honoring the 75th birthday of Robert Panara

Thursday-Saturday, May 1-3, 7:30pm
Sunday, May 4, 3:00pm
Panera Theatre
Admission Charge

The RIT Orchestra will join Prof. Thomas Warfield and NTID Dance in a multi-media performance honoring Mr. Robert Panara. Many of the scenes are inspired by Mr. Panara's own poetry. Most of the pieces performed by the RIT Orchestra will be new to—heretofore unheard by—the Rochester community, including the world première of a work for orchestra and African drum ensemble by Dr. Carl Atkins, RIT Professor of Performing Arts, and a piece by RIT student and orchestra violist Justine Maeurer.


For more information, contact music director Michael Ruhling (Michael.Ruhling@rit.edu)