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Monday, August 25, 2008

Opening with an Overture

Our first SSUTS concert is this Friday, and the very first piece of the program (other than Alan Gilliland's lovely arrangement of O Canada) is Brahms' Academic Festival Overture. Brahms wrote the piece in response to receiving an honorary doctorate from the University of Breslau. Although the title might bring visions of Pomp and Circumstance to mind (with or without vibrato), Brahms, who never attended university, decided to take inspiration from student drinking songs. By the way, did I mention you can enjoy a selection of beverages (both alcoholic and non) at the concert?

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