Symphonic Dances

Symphonic Dances

March 25, 2018 @ 3 PM
Winspear Centre

A crowning achievement by Russian composer Rachmaninov, Symphonic Dances is exciting, colourful and macabre. An orchestral suite in three movements, the University Symphony Orchestra will perform Rachmaninov’s final composition evoking his shifting harmonies and rhythmic vitality. Conductor: Petar Dundjerski.

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  • Programme

    Morphotropolis (2018; World Premiere)
    Gregory Mulyk (living, breathing, composing)

    The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflöte), K. 620 (1791)
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

    “Help! Help!” (Tamino and Three Ladies; quartet)
    “The Bird-Catcher, That's Me!” (Papageno; #MetaphoricalBirds)
    “This Pic is SO Gorgeous”(Tamino; #BaeMaterial)
    “Quintett” (Papageno, Tamino and Three Ladies)
    “Papageno, Papagena!” (duet; #SoHappyTogether)

    Minghao Liu - Tamino
    Connor Hoppenbrouwers - Papageno
    Heeyun Park - Papagena

    Amanda Smith - 1st Lady 
    Elise Noyes - 2nd Lady 
    Mairi-Irene McCormack - 3rd Lady 

    Shannon Hiebert - Opera Workshop Director
    John Tessier- Opera Area Coordinator


    Symphonic Dances, Op. 45 (1940)
    Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)

    I Not fast (but not slow either)
    II Laid back but still getting somewhere (Tempo di valse)
    III Pretty slow – Fast and vivacious – Pretty slow (again), then like the beginning - fast and vivacious

  • Biographies

    Greg Mulyk is a Canadian composer, sound designer and pianist. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Alberta in 2016, where he is currently a graduate student pursuing a Master of Music in Composition. His works often explore improvisation, graphic and adaptable scores, as well as methods of integrating electroacoustic elements within live acoustic performance. Outside of academia, Greg is establishing himself as a film and media composer. He has scored music for two local feature length films, and most recently scored the short film Sophia, which premiered at the New York 2017 Urbanworld International Film Festival, and which also won a SOCAN Foundation Award for “Best Animated Score.” This performance marks the debut of Greg’s first orchestral work.

    The University of Alberta Symphony Orchestra (USO) was established in 1945 as a student orchestra which presented at least two major concerts a year.

    Decades of stellar performances, memorable collaborations and fearless directors have seen the ensemble grow into Edmonton's premier community orchestra. Although membership is based around the music department at the University of Alberta, students from other faculties in the University and members of Edmonton's musical community also perform in the USO.

    The University Symphony Orchestra regularly gives up to six concerts a year and often participates in choral and operatic presentations. The repertoire performed ranges from the Classical period to present day. Although most concerts are held in the University's Convocation Hall, the USO also performs in Edmonton's renowned Winspear Centre for Music.

    The USO's mandate is to prepare the music students thoroughly for professional symphony orchestra life, by providing study and performance of the main symphony repertoire and preparation for the professional audition process through judicious choice of repertoire and individual and sectional excerpt coaching. Members also receive training in orchestral etiquette.

    Past conductors of the orchestra include G.T. Lindskoog, Arthur Crighton, Normal Nelson, Malcolm Forsyth and Tanya Prochazka.

    The University Symphony Orchestra is currently directed by Petar Dundjerski, a fierce advocate for music education. Petar was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia and has lived in Canada since 1994. He received his Master's degree in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Toronto and continued his studies at the American Academy of Conducting in Aspen, Colorado and the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. His principal teachers were Mark Gibson, Raffi Armenian and Earl Davey. Mr. Dundjerski has also studied with David Zinman, Jorma Panula, Boris Brott and Gary Kulesha.

    In 2002, he was the Assistant Conductor with the National Academy Orchestra of Canada, and in the summer of 2004, served as a Resident Conductor at the Banff Centre for the Arts.
    Mr. Dundjerski has received various awards including a 2003, 2006/08 Canada Council for the Arts Grants. He has worked with several distinguished instrumentalists including Shauna Rolston, Scott St. John and Jens Lindemann.

    Petar also teaches within Edmonton Public School Board Music Enrichment Program. Mr Dundjerski was the Assistant Conductor-in-Residence of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra 2006/08, under the mentorship of Music Director William Eddins. This was a two-year appointment, funded in part by the Canada Council for the Arts.

  • Notes


    Morphotropolis is a combination of the words Metamorphosis and Metropolis, and is meant to convey the idea of an evolving city scene. The work was inspired by an imagined flight through an urban space, perceiving it as if it were an old silent film or theatre set, and the musical elements are meant to act as the accompanying score.

    The piece is highly dynamic, both in rhythm and colour. It opens with a soft but intensifying pulse stream of contrasting rhythmic groupings, which evolves into a romantic theme partly motivated by the styles of Debussy and Gershwin.

    The work features moments of intimate small ensembles such as a string quartet, clarinet sextet or solo piano, to moments of the entire ensemble playing with a stage rattling intensity.

    The work closes with the experiment of removing the conductor prematurely, and having the players decelerate naturally like a large machine, decreasing in momentum until an unpredictable but inevitable stop.

  • 2017-18 Ticket Information

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