UMD Repertoire Orchestra
Jesse Leong, conductor
Join us in-person at The Clarice or watch the livestream from the comfort of your home.
After a year and a half of not playing music together due to COVID-19, the UMD Repertoire Orchestra (UMRO) welcomes you back to the concert hall in both celebration of the unity and resiliency of America as well as in recognition of the systemic injustices faced by Black, indigenous and people of color brought more prominently to light during this time.
Chickasaw American composer Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate's Chokfi' is a short, energetic and fun sketch of the rabbit trickster character from Southeast American Indian legend. Korean American Jennifer Jolley's The Ferry Crossing paints a serene and placid picture of a ferry crossing on Lake Champlain, between Burlington, Vermont, and Port Kent, New York. National Orchestral Institute+Festival faculty member and composer-in-residence with the Philadelphia Orchestra Gabriela Lena Frank was born to a Peruvian/Chinese mother and Lithuanian/Jewish father. Her first orchestral work, Elegía Andina incorporates stylistic elements of Peruvian Zampoña (pan pipe) music and features two flute solos. Margaret Bonds, one of the most prominent Black American composers of the 20th century, wrote The "Montgomery" Variations as a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Based on the spiritual I Want Jesus to Walk with Me, it depicts many events in Montgomery, Alabama, during the era of American Civil Rights.
Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate: Chokfi' (Rabbit), Sarcasm for String Orchestra and Percussion
Jennifer Jolley: The Ferry Crossing
Gabriela Lena Frank: Elegía Andina
Margaret Bonds: The "Montgomery" Variations
About the UMD Repertoire Orchestra (UMRO):
Led by students of the graduate conducting studio, UMRO is a unique orchestra of musicians from across campus that performs four full concerts each season. Repertoire varies based on instrumentation and consists of works for both chamber and full orchestra.
Health & Safety:
There may be COVID safety policies such as mask requirements in place when you attend this event. Please see our health and safety page for the most up to date information about attendance.