University City Symphony Orchestra

The University City Symphony Orchestra provides rich musical experiences and educational opportunities for the culturally diverse community of University City and beyond.

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Address: 7210 Olive Blvd
University City, MO 63130
Phone Number: 812-760-2448
The University City Symphony Orchestra (UCSO), a community orchestra founded in 1960, will perform a series of four free classical music concerts for the enjoyment and education of the greater St Louis community. During the 2018-2019 Season the UCSO will continue to feature a wide variety of orchestral music, building on the tradition of providing a venue for local and regional composers and soloists. The orchestra's typical programming includes lesser known works of famous composers as well as beloved well-known classical works. The season finale will feature the eagerly anticipated winners of the William Schatzkamer Young Artists' Competition.

The program in the upcoming season will prominently feature piano works and pianists: The Year of the Piano. The four concerts will include piano works, such as the North American premiere of a Chilean piano concerto. As the UCSO continues to attract the attention of world class soloists from outside of St. Louis, plans are forthcoming to engage an internationally known recording artist as a guest soloist.

Concert #1: October 14, 2018 - "American, with a Latin Twist"
Concert #2: November 18, 2018 - Program TBD
Concert #3: March 10, 2019 - Program TBD
Concert #4: April 28, 2019 - Shatzkamer Young Artist Competition Showcase
"UCSO gives the citizens of this community an opportunity to experience the joy of music. They give both young and old the opportunity to experience and participate in this very enriching endeavor. They fulfill the goal of bringing the arts to the citizens." These remarks by former University City Mayor Joseph Adams support the notion that every community needs an orchestra. Orchestral music is an art form that has the ability to give joy and satisfaction to both the players and the audiences.

Community orchestras bring music to people "up close & personal" in ways that major symphonies are often unable to do. People can attend a UCSO concert for free, bring their children, and mingle with musicians at concerts. The concerts enhance the audience's music education, appreciation and enjoyment through unique programming, program notes, and brief discussions that Maestro Burke shares during performances.