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A glorious concert, “Shakespeare: East and West”

Photo of stage view inside Aycock AuditoriumMany events in UNCG’s “Globe and Cosmos” series will be big.

In sheer volume of performers on stage, this will be among the biggest.

The concert titled “Shakespeare: East and West” will feature the UNCG Symphony Orchestra and combined choirs on Sunday, October 5, 3:30 p.m. in Aycock Auditorium.

It will combine 170 singers, five soloists and the entire Symphony to present two pieces inspired by Shakespeare, as well as “The Here and Now” by Christopher Theofanidis, based on texts by the Persian mystic Rumi, known as the “Shakespeare of the East.” Connecting east and west is a movement from Maurice Ravel’s work, “Sheherazade” featuring professor Clara O’Brien as soloist.

The choirs are the Chamber Singers, University Chorale, Men’s and Women’s Glee Clubs.

Theofanidis will be in residence in the UNCG School of Music, Theatre and Dance from Oct. 3-5, meeting with composition students, attending rehearsals and the performance of his work, and taking part in a pre-concert discussion, notes Dr. Carole Ott. His residency is made possible by a gift from the Christopher and Laura Tew Legacy Fund.

A highlight will be hearing Rumi’s mystical and beautiful words set to Theofanidis’ exceptionally moving and colorful music, and then contemplating the philosophical and expressive connections between the pieces on the program, says Dr. Kevin Geraldi.

“What is especially unique for us in preparing “The Here and Now” is the opportunity to work with a composer of such high stature. The students are extremely excited to perform, but they are also highly motivated by the presence of the composer for rehearsals and our performance.”

Pre-concert conversation begins at 2:30 p.m. on the Aycock stage, featuring Mr. Theofanidis, Dr. Alyssa Gabbay from the Department of Religious Studies, and Music Department faculty.

The performance is free-admission. The public is welcome.