The UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra (UCBSO) just wrapped up their eleven-day tour of Spain. The goal of this trip was to engage an international audience in Berkeley’s depth of musicality, and to give the students a chance to perform abroad and in new, complex spaces.
UCBSO, led by Professor David Milnes, performed their first concert in the town of Úbeda, at the Centro Cultural Hospital de Santiago, where they played pieces by Berlioz, Debussy, and works by two UC Berkeley composers, Amadeus Regucera and Cindy Cox.
The second concert was performed at Auditorio Manuel de Falla in Granada. The symphony played Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 11, Strauss’s Till Eulenspiegel, and two pieces by UC Berkeley composers, Scott Rubin and Jean Ahn. Soo Yeon Lyuh was featured on the haegeum, a traditional Korean string instrument. The audience enjoyed the performance so much, that two encores had to be played!
The beautiful city of Valencia hosted the third concert of this series at the Palau de la Música. A similar program was played, but this time the orchestra had three encores!
After exploring Barcelona, UCBSO played their fourth and final concert in Reus, a city near Barcelona. They performed at the Teatre Fortuny, where they played Strauss and Berlioz, and Cindy Cox and Amadeus Regucera’s original compositions. Their grand final encore was Debussy’s Iberia.
UCBSO is excited to see where they will perform next. Stay tuned with their performing schedule by visiting their website.