School of Music, Theatre
and Dance

Varner Hall, Room 207
371 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
(location map)
Academic Office: (248) 370-2030
Box Office: (248) 370-3013
Fax: (248) 370-2041

Oakland Symphony Orchestra

Dr. Gregory Cunningham, music director and conductor

Tracing a tradition of excellence to 1976, Oakland University’s resident orchestra continues to provide Southeast Michigan with excellent performances of the finest symphonic repertoire. Join us on the OU campus for the first three concerts of our season, and then at spectacular Orchestra Hall in Detroit for the season finale, presented in collaboration with the Oakland University Symphony Chorus (Michael A. Mitchell, conductor), Detroit Concert Choir (Brandon Johnson, artistic director) and Madrigal Chorale (Brandon Ulrich, artistic director.)


Oakland Symphony Orchestra

Concert I
Sunday, October 7, 2018 at 3 p.m.
Varner Recital Hall
-Suite No. 2 from Three-Cornered Hat by Manuel de Falla
-Canto by Adam Schoenberg
-Symphony No. 1 in D major (“Titan”) by Gustav Mahler

Concert II
Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 3 p.m.
Varner Recital Hall
-Sensemayá by Silvestre Revueltas
-Concerto for Alto Saxophone in E-flat major, Op. 109 by Alexander Glazunov
-Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24 by Richard Strauss
-Aurum Tetra (Concerto for Saxophone Quartet and Orchestra) by Benjamin Taylor

Concert III 
22nd Annual David Daniels Young Artists Concert
Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 3 p.m.
Varner Recital Hall
-Fountains of Rome by Ottorino Respighi
-Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582 by Johann Sebastian Bach / orch. by Ottorino Respighi
-Solo performances by the winners of the 2018–19 Oakland Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition

Concert IV
Sponsored by Oakland University Credit Union
With the Oakland University Symphony Chorus, Detroit Concert Choir and Madrigal Chorale
Friday, March 29, 2019 at 8 p.m.
Orchestra Hall, Max M. Fisher Music Center, Detroit
-Requiem by Giuseppe Verdi
Michael A. Mitchell, conductor; Ann Toomey, soprano; Lisa Agazzi, mezzo-soprano; Jason Wickson, tenor; and Joel Frederiksen, bass. All soloists are Oakland University music alumni.

All concerts are $22 general, $12 students. Detailed ticket information.

the Conductor
Gregory Cunningham, conductor

Gregory Cunningham is Professor of Music at Oakland University, where he serves as Director of Bands, conducts the Oakland University Wind Symphony, and teaches orchestral/wind conducting and literature at the graduate and undergraduate levels. 

He is also a frequent guest conductor of honor orchestras and bands throughout the Midwest and he serves as a guest conductor and clinician for many high school and middle school ensembles throughout the United States.