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Oakland Symphony Orchestra

The resident professional orchestra of Oakland University traces its tradition of excellence back to 1976. Each season it provides Southeast Michigan with outstanding performances of the finest symphonic repertoire.

Concert I
Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 3 p.m.

The 2014-2015 Oakland Symphony Orchestra season begins with an exciting program featuring guest soloist and Detroit Symphony Orchestra member, Sharon Sparrow, who will perform the Renaissance Concerto for Flute and Orchestra by Lukas Foss. Professor Sparrow currently serves as DSO artist affiliate faculty at Oakland University, and is internationally acclaimed for her artistry as a solo, chamber and orchestral performer. Other works for the program include Carnival Overture, op. 92 by Antonín Dvořák; and Symphonie fantastique, op. 14 by Hector Berlioz.
Gregory Cunningham, conductor.
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Varner Recital Hall

Concert II
Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 3 p.m.

The Oakland Symphony Orchestra will offer a program featuring the Michigan premiere of the evocative Through Time and Place (2010) by Dr. James Lentini, Oakland University’s recently appointed Provost, Professor of Music and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs. The dramatic Overture to Egmont by Ludwig van Beethoven; and monumental Symphony No. 1 in c minor, op. 68 by Johannes Brahms complete a program that is sure to delight both regular and first-time concert-goers alike.
Gregory Cunningham, conductor.
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Varner Recital Hall

Concert III 18th Annual David Daniels Young Artists Concert
Sunday, February 15, 2015
at 3 p.m.

Oakland University’s orchestra-in-residence performs Cockaigne (In London town), op. 40 by Edward Elgar; Elegy from the concert drama, August 4, 1964 by Pulitzer prize winning composer, Steven Stucky; and Suite from “The Firebird” (1919) by Igor Stravinsky. Also, the David Daniels Young Artist Concert, an annual highlight of our season, will feature solo performances by the winners of the 2014-15 Oakland University Concerto Competition.
Gregory Cunningham, conductor.
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Varner Recital Hall

Concert IV

Oakland Symphony Orchestra - A Detroit Residency 
Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 4 p.m.

In the historic cathedral church of St. Paul in Detroit, the Oakland Symphony welcomes guest organist Jeremy David Tarrant, who will perform the Concerto for Organ in G Minor by Francis Poulenc. An active concert organist, Jeremy David Tarrant has performed widely in North America in such venues as the Washington National Cathedral; St. Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, New York; St. James Cathedral, Toronto; St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York; and Chicago’s famed Fourth Presbyterian Church. The program will also include Fanfares liturgiques by Henri Tomasi and Dances of Galanta by Zoltan Kodaly.
Gregory Cunningham, conductor.
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Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Detroit

Concert V
Oakland Symphony Orchestra - A Detroit Residency
Wednesday April 1, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

A Tribute to Morten Lauridsen
The full majesty of Orchestra Hall will provide a fitting backdrop to the Oakland Symphony Orchestra’s final concert of the season. This concert will feature the music of Morten Lauridsen in performances by the Oakland Symphony, Oakland University Symphony Chorus, and Oakland University Wind Symphony. The featured works will be Lux Aeterna for orchestra and chorus, O Magnum Mysterium (arranged for wind ensemble), Sure on This Shining Night for chorus and piano, and more. Morten Lauridsen will attend.
Gregory Cunningham and Michael Mitchell, conductors.
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Orchestra Hall in Detroit

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Gregory Cunningham, conductor

Gregory Cunningham is an Associate Professor of Music at Oakland University, where he serves as Director of Bands, conducts the Oakland University Wind Symphony, and teaches orchestral/wind conducting and literature at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

In addition to his university teaching duties, Dr. Cunningham serves as Music Director and Principal Conductor for the Warren Symphony (Warren, MI).

He is also a frequent guest conductor of honor orchestras and bands throughout the Midwest and he serves as a guest conductor and clinician for many high school and middle school ensembles throughout the United States.

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