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Barbara Harbach’s ‘Jubilee’ Symphony Celebrates UMSL’s 50th Anniversary

photo of Barbara Harbach
Stephanie Zettl

University of Missouri – St. Louis music professor and composer Barbara Harbach was commissioned to write a work to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the institution.  As a result, her Jubilee Symphony will receive its premiere on Wednesday, October 9 at the Touhill Performing Arts Center.  Robert Howard will conduct UMSL’s University Orchestra in the premiere.

The first of the symphony’s three movements, Bellerive, depicts the old Bellerive Country Club on whose grounds UMSL was built.  At the inception of the university, the original Bellerive club house was the only building housing the administration, class rooms, library and cafeteria. 

The second movement, Mirth Day Fiesta, is inspired by the Mirth Day festival which is held each April.  The symphony concludes with Tritons Ascending.  The university’s mascot is the Triton, the mythological Greek god, messenger of the Sea.  The music portrays the Triton rising up out of the dark sea into a festive celebration.

The October 9th concert will also include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2, a work Howard believes also reflects the spirit of jubilation.

Related Event

UMSL University Symphony Orchestra Premiere of Barbara Harbach's "Jubilee" Symphony
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
7:30 p.m.
Touhill Performing Arts Center
(314) 516-4949
Touhill Performing Arts Center Website

Mary Edwards came to St. Louis Public Radio in 1974, just after finishing her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She has served the station in a number of capacities over the years. From 1988-2014 she also taught an undergraduate class in radio production at Webster University. Mary was inducted into the St. Louis Media History Foundation Media Hall of Fame in April, 2017 and received the Gateway Media Literacy Partners' Charles Klotzer Media Literacy Award in 2012. Mary retired from St. Louis Public Radio in 2018, but still serves the station as a St. Louis Symphony Producer.

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