Mainstage Concerts

U of A Symphony Orchestra: Free But Happy

Sunday, April 2 at 3 p.m. | Winspear Centre
Expanding on Brahms’ personal musical motto, Symphony No. 3 is an artistic tour de force. Marquez’s Danzón No. 2, a Latin flavoured musical firecracker, bookends this exciting USO event. Conductor: Petar Dundjerski.

  • 1. Program

    Prelude in C-sharp minor (2017)
    Sean Borle (b. 1995)

    Adam Caulfield, cello
    Winner of the Department of Music Concerto Competition 

    Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129 (1850)
    Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856)
    I    Nicht zu schnell (Not too fast)
    II   Langsam (Slowly)
    III  Sehr lebhaft (Very lively)


    Symphony No. 3 in F, Op. 90 (1883)
    Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)
    I    Allegro con brio
    II   Andante
    III  Poco allegretto
    IV  Allegro

    Danzón No. 2 (1994)
    Arturo Márquez (b. 1950)
  • 2. Bios
    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.
  • 3. Roster


    Mingmei Xu, concert master
    Gi Park
    Jasmine Aziz
    Rafael Piesiur
    Yuxi Lin
    Faustine Spillebout
    Lara Hyrak
    Katarina Ondrusova
    Yue Deng  
    Holly Christiani, principal
    Corentin Chatelier
    Ivy Poon
    Kathleen Pickford
    Thomas Mathieu
    Jocelyn Joe
    Cynthia Johnston
    Saoirse Cipko
    Tianxiu Li
    Xin Yang
    Vivian Kwok 
    Jenna Sabolsky, principal
    Michele Moroz
    Darrell Soetaert
    Arwen Thysse
    Joshua Trytten
    Katherine Pernal, principal
    Nicholas Yee
    Isis Tse
    Joshua Ching
    Adam Caulfield
    Conrad Sobieraj
    Matthew Vriend
    Zoe Kruschke
    Mitchel Rees, principal
    Shawn Gan
    Logan Lindström
    Evan Schollie

    Kendra Litwin+
    Vanessa-Lynn Pastor*
    Emily Casavant^
    Kara Loewer+*
    Zofia Stefanicki^
    Claire Neilson+*
    Adriana Janković^
    Dayna Lueck
    Pablo Montes, principal
    Courtney Schmidt
    Taran Plamondon+
    Olivia Imbrogno*^
    Kendra Montes
    Alex McNaughton
    Rachael Erdmann

    Christopher Young*
    Frank Engli^
    Magnus Sterr+
    Michael Buckler, principal
    Julian Eveneshen
    Thomas LaGrange


    Myles Peet
    Simon Nahachewsky
    Ben Dubois (in Cello Concerto)
    Ben Dubois
    Ben Vanderkruk
    Amanda Chung
    Jacob Kryger
    Thomas Mathieu

    +principal in Symphony No. 3 in F, Op. 90
    *principal in Danzón No. 2
    ^principal in Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129
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