Union Symphony Orchestra
Richard Rosenberg, Artistic Director

2019-2020 Concert Season Highlights


Union Symphony Orchestra
Opening Concert
Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 4 PM

Richard Rosenberg, conductor
The Batte Center, Wingate University

Strauss, J, II, On the Beautiful Blue Danube, opus 314, 11′
Johann Strauss’ popular “Blue Danube” was originally written in 1868 for the Vienna Mens Choir and orchestra, the waltz is a sparkling  travelogue for the otherwise brackish waterway.  It has been used in hundreds of television commercials and movies.
Vivaldi, The Four Seasons, opus 8, 1-4, 42′
“The Four Seasons” is a set of four violin concertos written in 1717 by the tall, dashing, red-headed Italian composer, Antonio Vivaldi.   It marked a revolutionary musical compositional breakthrough, representing singing birds, a dozing shepherd and his barking dog, buzzing flies, storms, drunken dancers, frozen landscapes and warm winter fires.

Photo by David Brandt

CUMC Festival Choir with Union Symphony Orchestra
Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 5 PM

James O’Dell, conductor
Central United Methodist Church, Monroe / Free Admission

Vivaldi, Gloria and The Four Seasons (Winter)

Photo by David Brandt







Union County Youth Ballet with Union Symphony Orchestra
Friday–Saturday, December 6–7 2019 at 7 PM

Bonita Simpson, UCYB artistic director
Richard Rosenberg, Conductor
The Batte Center, Wingate University / Reserved Seating*

Union Symphony Orchestra will perform with Union County Youth Ballet
for the 27th anniversary of their production of Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s
The Nutcracker Ballet.





Union Symphony Orchestra
Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 4 PM

Richard Rosenberg, conductor
Composer Aaron Copland, Appalachian Spring, featuring David Brooks, piano
The Batte Center, Wingate University

Emmanuel Séjourné                Concerto for Vibraphone
Aaron Copland                        Appalachian Spring, Suite

Emmanuel Séjourné composed his lighthearted “Concerto for Vibraphone” and Strings in 1999 for the Conservatoire de Strasbourg. Presenting Emmanuel Séjourné’s [say-zshor-NAYS] Concerto for Vibraphone, featuring David Markgraf (Shown L) and conducted by Richard Rosenberg.

Aaron Copland’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Appalachian Spring”, was composed in 1944 for Martha Graham. With it’s Shaker references, it remains his most-loved score.

Wingate University Opera with Union Symphony Orchestra
Friday, April 3, 2020 at 7:30 • Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 2:30 PM

The Batte Center, Wingate University

Weber, Oberon
Dr. Annie Stankovic, conductor
Dr. Jessie Wright Martin, artistic director








Union Symphony Orchestra at The Centre Theatre
Saturday, April 25, 2020 at 7:30 PM

Deanna Tham, conductor
The Centre Theatre, Downtown Monroe
In Memory of Mr. Frank Dowd, Jr.

Salute to the Cinema  arr. Strommen
Moon River from Breakfast at Tiffany’s
As Time Goes By
Tribute to Henry Mancini  arr. Custer
Buster Keaton film  arr. Ben Model
Photo by Nathalie Long Photography

POSTPONED Until Further Notice



Union Symphony Orchestra &
Union Symphony Youth Orchestra
Sunday, May 10, 2020 at 6:30 PM
Deanna Tham, conductor
Downtown Monroe
“Pops on the Plaza”

Photo by Nathalie Long Photography