String Chamber Music
The University of Alabama offers a large variety of chamber music for strings, ranging from two to eight players. Works such as Trios by Mozart, Dvorak and Smetana; Quartets by Beethoven, Brahms, and Bartok; the Mendelssohn Octet, and many other works have been performed by our students. We have also had many mixed groups with winds and strings, such as the Bartok Contrasts and Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat. At times, we combine faculty and students to present large chamber works in order to give the students a professional-level experience.
Huxford Symphony Orchestra
The Huxford Symphony Orchestra is the premiere student orchestra in the school of music and is supported by generous endowment donated by Ms. Camilla Huxford, a graduate of the University of Alabama. The orchestra is conducted by Dr. Blake Richardson and typically performs three concerts each semester and rehearses for four hours each week. Recent and upcoming concert programs have included Mahler’s Symphony no. 1, Brahms, Symphonies nos. 1 and 2, Lutoslawski’s Concerto for Orchestra, Beethoven’s Symphonies nos. 3, 4, and 5, Respighi’s Pines of Rome, Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite, and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. The orchestra collaborates regularly with faculty soloists, guest artists, and student winners of our annual concerto competition. Since 2014, the orchestra has served as the pit orchestra for the UA Opera Theater in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Menotti’s The Consul, and Kurt Weill’s Street Scene.