ASO to perform world premiere of original composition at University of Montevallo

By GINNY COOPER / Staff Writer

MONTEVALLO—The Alabama Symphony Orchestra will perform the world premiere of Concerto for Violin and Orchestra at the University of Montevallo March 30.

Joseph Landers, associate professor of music at the University of Montevallo, composed the original piece. Landers has written more than 40 compositions, commemorating occasions such as the inauguration of two university presidents and the dedication of the university’s renovated Palmer Auditorium.

In 2012, Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra commissioned Landers to compose a work marking the one-year anniversary of the tornados that caused extensive destruction in the city.

The Alabama Symphony Orchestra will perform the piece during a concert in Palmer Hall at the University of Montevallo at 3 p.m. The program will open with Beethoven’s Overture to Fidelio, and will conclude with Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2 in D major.

Christopher Confessore will conduct the full orchestra. Confessore is celebrating his 11th season as a member of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra’s conduction staff, and has conducted orchestras from San Francisco to Romania.

Daniel Szasz will be the featured violinist for the concert. Szasz, a native of Romania, has served as the Alabama Symphony Orchestro concertmaster since 1997.

This event is free and open to the public, and is made possible by the support of the Alabama State Council on the Arts and private donors.