Dvořák's Symphony No. 9, "From the New World": UMD Repertoire Orchestra

Dvořák's Symphony No. 9, "From the New World"

UMD Repertoire Orchestra
Tuesday, December 7, 2021 . 8PM EST
Photo by Paige Leckie.
Principal People: 

Jesse Leong, music director
Shun Yao, conductor

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Estimated Length: 
This performance will last approximately 65 minutes and will not include an intermission.

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The UMD Repertoire Orchestra performs Antonín Dvořák's Symphony No. 9, "From the New World" and instrumental movements from from Pietro Mascagni's opera of passion and jealousy, Cavalleria Rusticana.


Pietro Mascagni: instrumental movements from Cavalleria Rusticana
Antonín Dvořák: Symphony No. 9, "From the New World"

About the UMD Repertoire Orchestra (UMRO):

Led by students of the graduate conducting studio, UMRO is a unique orchestra of musicians from across campus that performs four full concerts each season. Repertoire varies based on instrumentation and consists of works for both chamber and full orchestra.

About the UMD Repertoire Orchestra (UMRO):

Led by students of the graduate conducting studio, UMRO is a unique orchestra of musicians from across campus that performs four full concerts each season. Repertoire varies based on instrumentation and consists of works for both chamber and full orchestra.


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Cavalleria Rusticana
Pietro Mascagni (1863–1945)
I. Prelude with Siciliana
VI. Symphonic Intermezzo
Andrew Guo, cello
Symphony No. 9 in E minor, “From the New World,” Op. 95
Antonín Dvořák (1841–1904)
  1. Adagio-Allegro Molto
  2. Largo
  3. Scherzo
  4. Allegro con fuoco


Cavalleria Rusticana (1890)
Our performance opens with two symphonic numbers from the opera Cavalleria Rusticana. Set in a Sicilian village in southern Italy, the story revolves around the young villager, Turridu, who returns from military service and finds out his fiancée, Lola, has married someone else. He dates another girl. Lola gets jealous and seduces him. They carry out an affair. (The story so far all takes place in the prelude.) Lola’s husband sees them together. He challenges Turridu to a duel and kills him in the fight.
The opera was an instant hit and has been one of the most performed operas until today. Although the central storyline pales in comparison with operas of Puccini and Verdi. Its mesmerizing and dramatic lyricism, condensed storytelling, presentation of authentic Sicilian culture, and its focus on village life rather than the nobilities or mythological figures, all brought a fresh light into the opera world.
Symphony No. 9 in E-minor, “From the New World,” Op. 95 (1893)
Composed only three years after Cavalleria Rusticana, the Ninth Symphony of Antonín Dvořák carries a completely different tradition from symphonic composers such as Beethoven, Brahms, and Tchaikovsky. The work was composed when Dvořák was serving as the director of the National Conservatory of Music in New York City. It infuses Dvořák’s curiosity and excitement for America with his nostalgia for his homeland. Just like Cavalleria Rusticana, the work was an instant hit and became one of the most programmed symphonies. It became a standard work to represent the American style in the symphonic realm despite the fact its style is completely Czech from the first note to the last barline, except for the melody Dvořák borrows in the second movement from his student at the conservatory Harry Burleigh, played beautifully by our oboist and English horn player Joseph O’Leary.



Born in the historical city of Xi’an, China, conductor SHUN YAO has worked with orchestras across America, Europe and Eastern Asia. In the 2020–2021 season, he performed with Janacek Philharmonic in Ostrava, Czech Republic, under a special invitation from the Czech Ministry of Culture, and with the South Denmark Symphony Orchestra. In July, Yao served as assistant conductor for a production of Britten’s Albert Herring at Chicago Summer Opera.

A finalist at the Arthur Nikisch International Conducting Competition (2020), Yao has served as a conducting fellow with Divertimento Ensemble in Italy and Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina. He was the assistant conductor of Hear&Now Ensemble in Houston, leading premieres of instrumental works as well as music theater. While in Houston, he was also a core staff member (personel and operation manager and librarian) for the innovative conductorless orchestra Kinetic Ensemble during its early years.

Yao holds degrees from Cleveland Institute of Music, Rice University and Manhattan School of Music. He is currently a first year candidate for Doctorate in Musical Arts at the University of Maryland School of Music, while serving as the assistant conductor for Annapolis Symphony Academy.

Music Director
Jesse Leong
Shun Yao
Violin I
Kara Gardiner, Concertmaster (Dvořák)
Hannahlise Wang, Concertmaster (Mascagni)
Rachel Friedman
Haoran Ni
Caroline Tanner
Jose Marin Guzman
Eileen Shih
Clare Hofheinz
Sam Chung
Alex Chen
Thomas Brosh
Mark Jung
Jonathan Toomer
Kiran Kaur
Violin II
Justin Hung, Principal (Dvořák)
Abigail Aderinwale, Principal (Mascagni)
Grace Yarrow
Elian Contreras
Collin Hart
Yesica Ventura
Bryce Bathras
Joey Yeoh
Emon Chatterji
Anna Kelleher
Rienna Liu-Maddox
Yu-Shin Lee
Emily Bussa, Principal (Dvořák)
William Mah, Principal (Mascagni)
Micah McCready
Ariel Hammerash
John Labbate
Jenna Woolney
Siddharth Bhatnagar
Theo Gifford
Quinn Taylor, Principal (Dvořák)
Andrew Guo, Principal (Mascagni)
Frank Wang
Gustavo Urbina
Rachel Robin
Sydney Black
Joseph Arida
Noah Hammermesh
Iris Yourick, Principal
Natalie Feldman
Asa Dawson
Daphine Henderson
Omar Martinez-Sandoval
Hannah Weisman
Olivia Sharon
Julia Cottingham
Kyla Perkinson
Annie Wilder
Michelle Chen
Joseph O'Leary
Joshua Faison
English Horn
Joseph O'Leary
Casey Schreck
Hannah Holloway
Terrence Sotillio
Eric O’Leary
Joseph Florance
Makayla Bowen-Longino
Eric Aaron
David Perez
Andrew Bures
Kaitlyn Winters
Reece Updike
Cory Lewis
Brett Manzo
Q Sarracco
Steven Mehling
Christopher Boxall