Sewanee Summer Music Festival to open with gala concert

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The 57th season of the Sewanee Summer Music Festival will begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 22, with an orchestra concert performed by the Festival Orchestra, an ensemble composed of SSMF faculty artists, guest artists, and students all under the baton of the new SSMF conductor-in-residence, Octavio Más-Arocas. The repertoire includes Bates’s Mothership, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 in E Flat Major, Op. 73 “The Emperor,” and Ravel’s Ma mere l’oye and Bolero. This will mark Más-Arocas’ first concert in his new position with the SSMF. Fresh off his first year as music director and conductor of the Lawrence Symphony Orchestra and his residency in Campinas, Brazil, at the Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Más-Arocas brings his passion for education and new music to the Mountain this summer.

This season the Festival will welcome 200 students from 32 states, five foreign countries, and 131 different institutions. More than 30 concerts will be performed over the course of a month, including faculty chamber concerts, student chamber concerts, the “Hike to a Concert” performed on The Course at Sewanee, student recitals, and the Symphony Sunday events featuring full student orchestras and renowned guest conductors.

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