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Waukegan Symphony Orchestra holds first concert of the season


October 19, 2018

Alexandra Dee

Join the Waukegan Symphony Orchestra for its first concert of the season, titled At the Theatre with pieces from Beethoven, Corgigliano, Grieg, Copland, and Tchaikovsky, on Sunday, October 21 at 4pm at Waukegan High School's Trapp Auditorium, Brookside Campus. The Waukegan Symphony Orchestra will play works that have been famously used in theatre productions, movie and television scores, and even commercials. The works include Beethoven's Coriolan Overture, Corigliano's Elegy for Orchestra, Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Copland's Quiet City, and Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet.

This concert will feature guest conductor Dr. Alexandra Dee. Dr. Dee is one of the four finalists auditioning to be the next director of the Waukegan Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Alexandra Dee is Director of Orchestral Activities at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL. In this capacity, she serves as Music Director and Conductor of the Joliet Symphony Orchestra and chair of the Department of Music and Performing Arts. Additionally, she is the Music Director and Conductor of Chicago's South Loop Symphony Orchestra and a Cover Conductor for the Joffrey Ballet, with whom she debuted in 2017, leading an opening week of performances with the Chicago Philharmonic on one day's notice. In August 2017, she was an Emerging Conductor at the Peninsula Music Festival (Door County, WI). Internationally, she has conducted the Scottish Chamber Orchestra at the Orkney Conductors Course in Scotland and the Dulwich International Music Academy's Festival Orchestra in Beijing, China.

Dr. Dee completed her doctoral studies in orchestral conducting at Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music, where she studied with Victor Yampolsky and led performances with the University Symphony, Chamber Orchestra, Opera Theater, and Baroque Music Ensemble. She is an alumna of the Florida State University College of Music, where she completed both a Master of Music degree in orchestral conducting and a Bachelor of Music Education.


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