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The Chairman Dances
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Bringing together the best musical talent from London's universities, the University of London Symphony Orchestra is the leading orchestra run by and for students.
ULSO are about to enter their new 2014-15 season of music, and their Inaugural Concert will take place on the 23rd November from 7.30pm at St. Stephen's Church. The orchestra are welcoming back, Daniel Capps, who is returning as musical director. Capps made his stage debut in 2008, conducting dance with the Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House.
Tickets to the concert are £10 adult, £8 concessions, and £5 students. You will be treated to three compositions, starting with The Chairman Dances by John Adams. It was created for Act III of his first opera, Nixon in China, and meant to depict Madame Mao gatecrashing a presidential banquet and dancing the foxtrot with the chairman.
On the Town was a 1944 musical with music by Leonard Bernstein, and contains jazz influences. Finally, the concert will end with Dmitri Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5 from 1937. It is the result of previous criticism of his work, which was considered to complex during a time of social realism in Russia.