On Monday, Oct. 30, the department of music and dance will present a performance by the UMass Amherst Symphony Orchestra, the universityâ€™s top orchestral ensemble. The concert will be conducted by Kristo KondakÃ§i, in place of orchestra director Morihiko Nakahara, who is on sabbatical.
KondakÃ§i is the music director of the Kendall Square Orchestra, which brings together musicians from science, technology and innovation companies. He is also the conductor and coâ€“founder of Eureka Ensemble, a network of over 80 professional classical musicians that nurtures social change through music. This past year, KondakÃ§i made his Symphony Hall debut conducting the Kendall Square Orchestra with members of the Boston Symphony and Keith Lockhart on piano.
The Oct. 30 concert, which will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, will include Berliozâ€™s epic â€œSymphonie Fantastiqueâ€� along with Beethovenâ€™s â€œEgmont Overture.â€� In addition, the ensemble will perform Paul Crestonâ€™s â€œConcerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestraâ€� featuring saxophonist Christopher Leslie, one of last yearâ€™s Concerto Competition winners.
Ticket prices are $10 for the general public; $5 for students, seniors & UMass Amherst employees; and free for UMass students. Tickets may be purchased at the Fine Arts Center Box Office by phone at 413-545-2511 or online.