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University Orchestra (Music 2 and 102). The UCSC Orchestra, conducted by Bruce Kiesling is open to all students, staff and faculty at UCSC and to community members. Every year, the ensemble invites a professional guest soloist to perform a major concerto of the orchestral repertoire Past works include Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto no. 2, Dvorak's Cello Concerto, Mozart's Clarinet Concerto, Stravinsky's Piano Concerto and Schumann's Piano Concert. The Orchestra also performs annually with the winner of the UCSC Concerto Competition. The Competition takes place during the Winter quarter. Past concertos have included Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, Mozart’s Exultate, jubilate, Saint-Saens’ Violin Concerto no. 1, and Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto. The ensemble is exposed to a large variety of repertoire ranging from Baroque to Contemporary with attention to performance practice. Each year the Orchestra joins the UCSC Opera Theater in a full production of an opera (Carmen, Elisir d’amor, Gianni Schicchi, The Medium, Le Nozze di Figaro, Street Scene). The Orchestra also often joins the choral ensembles in the performance of major choral works (Carmina Burana, Honegger’s King David, Mozart’s Requiem). At times the Orchestra also has the opportunity to play under guest conductors.
See the Auditions Schedule and the Schedule of Classes for further detail.