Symphony Spring Concert scheduled for April 26

The Merced Symphony is scheduled to perform its annual spring concert at UC Merced’s Lakireddy Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. April 26.

The program, sponsored by the Merced Symphony Association with Arts UC Merced Presents, will feature a program conducted by Music Director Henrik Jul Hansen with a guest appearance by the UC Merced Chorale led by Lorraine Walsh, according to a symphony press release.

The symphony will perform a world premiere of Kate Janzen’s “Concerto for Saxophone, Trombone, and Percussion.” A graduate of California State University, Sacramento, Janzen has performed on piano and keyboard with the Merced Symphony for several years.

Janzen has been working on her latest composition for many months. Two songs from Stan Getz’s famous jazz recording, “Focus,” will be performed and the UC Merced Chorale will sing “Gloria,” composed by John Rutter in 1974. The performance is the first collaboration between the symphony and the chorale.

In addition, the orchestra strings will perform a group of Norwegian dances before presenting the “Holberg Suite” by Edvard Grieg. The program will conclude with one of classical music’s most beloved works, the “Carmen Suite” by Rodion Shchedrin, which is based upon the famous opera “Carmen” by Georges Bizet. Carmen Suite is a oneact ballet created in 1967 by Cuban choreographer Alberto Alonso.

The music features brilliant melody, harmony and orchestration. More than 70 films have been based on the Carmen story, including the recent “Carmen: A Hip Hopera,” according to the release.

Tickets for the show are $35 general and $10 for students and may be purchased at the Multicultural Arts Center (645 W. Main St. in Merced), Merced Floral (2855 Park Ave. in Merced), Christina’s Fine Clothing (2852 G St. in Merced), Big O Tires (1261 W. 18th St. in Merced), and Goldsmith Jeweler (1828 Bellevue Rd. in Atwater).

For more information, call the Merced Symphony Association office at (209) 383-3277 and, if prompted, leave a message.