Department of Music’s newest ensemble hits the stage

For the first time in the Department of Music’s history, the University String Orchestra takes the stage on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre.

Under the direction of George Cleland, the String Orchestra combines university students of the music program, along with Brock University community members and musicians from across Niagara.

This first edition of the University String Orchestra series revolves around folk song and dance themes, which features repertoire from English masters such as Hubert Parry, Gustav Holst and Henry Purcell, along with other seasonal favourites.

Cleland said the orchestra “helps develop fully rounded professional musicians by providing opportunities to develop their skills.”

“It’s a place to learn the great string orchestra literature that exists from the beginnings of the violin family to the present day, a legacy of 300 years of music,” he said.

Cleland has been a music instructor at Brock University since 2004 and a conductor of the Peninsula Orchestra in the Niagara region since 2007. He also assists in coaching and conducting the Niagara Youth Orchestra in rehearsals.

The University String Orchestra concert takes place Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Cairns Recital Hall at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre.

“It is a joy to work in such an excellent venue such as Cairns Hall with its excellent acoustics and inviting environment,” said Cleland. “I enjoy the supportive environment that Brock and the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre have created.”

Tickets can be purchased through the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre Box Office at 905-688-0722 or online. Prices are $12 general admission, $5 for children 14 and under and $5 through the eyeGo program. Admission is free to current Brock students.

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