Orchestra performs Barber, Dvorak, Tchaikovsky

The Bates College Orchestra performs music by Barber, Dvorak and Tchaikovsky at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 18, in Olin Arts Center Concert Hall, 75 Russell St.

The concert is open to the public at no cost. For more information, please call 207-786-6135.

Directed by Hiroya Miura, new at Bates this academic year, the orchestra will play the Adagio for Strings, perhaps the best-known work by Samuel Barber; Antonin Dvorak’s Serenade No. 2 in D minor (Op. 44), likewise a signature piece for the composer; and Tchaikovsky’s Orchestral Suite No. 4 (Op. 61), nicknamed “Mozartiana” because of themes the Russian composer adapted from Mozart, whom he idolized.

A native of Sendai, Japan, Miura has worked as a composer, conductor and improvisational musician in Canada and the United States. His music has been played by such acclaimed groups as Speculum Musicae, the New York New Music Ensemble and So Percussion. Two of his works will be performed in an April 25 concert at Bates by TimeTable, a New York-based percussion trio.

Miura served as assistant conductor to George Rothman and Jeffrey Milarsky with the Columbia University Orchestra. He is a founding member of the electronic improvisation unit, NoOneReceiving, whose debut album “The Release of the Wandering-Eyed Girl” (Grain of Sound, 2002) earned critical acclaim in Europe and the United States.

In addition to his conducting duties, Miura teaches composition and music theory at Bates.

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