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    UA School of Music prepares for upcoming season

    Courtesy of the UA School of Music

    With more than 100 student- and visiting-artist performances already scheduled for this year, the UA School of Music’s upcoming season will feature a broad range of genres.

    “In one sense, our upcoming season is similar to most of our seasons, because we explore facets of a huge array of different kinds of music, predominantly classical,” said Rex Woods, director of the School of Music. “There’s also jazz and other kinds of traditions represented in the repertoire as well.”

    According to the School of Music’s website, more than 500 undergraduate and graduate students are enrolled in various sections of the program. Ranging from solo recitals to ensemble performances, the school draws in audiences for a wide variety of shows each year.

    “Our season is full of hundreds of events that showcase every aspect of the School of Music,” said Amy Burmeister, graduate teaching assistant and member of the Arizona Symphony Orchestra. “There’s something for everyone to attend, and that’s really exciting.”

    One of the school’s first major performances of the year is Sept. 7, when Woods, who plays piano, will perform at Holsclaw Hall with his sons, Alexander and Garrick Woods, as well as his daughter-in-law, Aubrey Woods. While Rex Woods said he has high expectations for the entire year, he added that he is looking forward to this performance in particular.

    “My favorite thing is the next one coming up,” Woods said, “Obviously I love all of it or I wouldn’t be working in a place like this.”

    Also anticipated by the School of Music director are performances by the UA Opera Theater, including their production of “Die Fledermaus”, which will bring together dance, song, acting, instrumental music and stage design, Woods said.

    “It’s the perennial favorite,” Woods added. “There’s something for everyone.”

    In addition to providing music students with performances and support in rehearsals, the program has also allowed several opportunities outside of concerts, including travel, which ultimately inspired the Arizona Symphony Orchestra’s “Celebrating the Moon Festival: Music from China.”

    “We’re collaborating with traditional instrumentalists and soloists from China,” Burmeister said, “It’s going to be a big event and it’s really exciting. It’s the buzz of the music school right now.”

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