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Smith Orchestra presents Genius and Collaboration

Fall Concert Celebrates Composer John Harbison

Evening features new collaboration with faculty principals and mentors


MacArthur Fellow and Pulitzer Prize winning composer John Harbison is celebrating his 75th birthday this year, and to honor him, the Smith College Orchestra will present his vibrant and virtuosic Piano Concerto (1978) featuring Smith faculty member Judith Gordon as soloist.

Mr. Harbison will visit campus the week of the concert to attend rehearsals and work informally with music students.

For the first time, Smith faculty members will occupy principal chairs in the ensemble, allowing students to work closely with their teachers in an orchestral setting. The Paris Conservatoire developed this model of collaborative mentorship nearly two centuries ago, and the members of the Smith College Orchestra believe it will truly deepen the valuable experience of learning through performance that participation in the orchestra provides.

The concert, conducted by Jonathan Hirsh, will open with Aaron Copland’s lively An Outdoor Overture, written for the students of the New York City High School of Music and Art, and conclude with Beethoven’s exuberant Symphony No. 2.


Saturday, November 23th
8:30 pm
John M. Greene Hall
Free and open to the public
Immediately following the Neil H. McManus Fund’s “A Night to Remember”