The AMHERST SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA consists of about sixty Amherst College students as well as up to ten musicians from the other schools of the Five College Consortium (principally the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Hampshire College; students at Mount Holyoke and Smith typiclaly participate in their own college orchestras). It is perhaps the only non-conservatory liberal arts college orchestra of its size to be comprised entirely of students and to present six different programs per academic year. The orchestra specializes in Western "classical" music of the classical, Romantic and early twentieth-century periods; it also performs annually with the Amherst College Choral Society (Mallorie Chernin, director), presents operas and musicals (both fully staged or in-concert), new music and world premieres, "pops" and film music, as well as annual events featuring Amherst College seniors as concerto soloists. It aspires to perform at the level of a fine regional orchestra and offers its members the opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of the finest (and often most exciting) works in the classical canon.
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