The Rochester Institute of Technology Orchestra will present its first concert of the 2011-12 season starting at 8 p.m. Nov. 7, in Allen Capel, the Kilian J. and Caroline F. Schmitt Interfaith Center. The concert — free and open to the public — will include performances of Edward Elgar's Sospiri Op. 70 and Antonin Dvorak's Symphony No. 9 in E Minor "From the New World."

The Rochester Institute of Technology Orchestra will present its first concert of the 2011-12 season starting at 8 p.m. Nov. 7, in Allen Capel, the Kilian J. and Caroline F. Schmitt Interfaith Center. The concert — free and open to the public — will include performances of Edward Elgar's Sospiri Op. 70 and Antonin Dvorak's Symphony No. 9 in E Minor "From the New World."

"The RIT Orchestra is currently exploring the influence of regional folk, sacred and popular music on the orchestral repertoire," says Michael Ruhling, professor of fine arts/music and music director of the RIT Orchestra. "This concert, featuring Antonin Dvorak's most famous piece, the Symphony No. 9 'From the New World,' reflects the multifacted American voice combined with Bohemian color. Dvorak was a master of the symphonic form. While each movement has its own material and character, Dvorak revisits themes from each each movement in all subsequent movements. By recalling themes in this way, Dvorak demonstrates for the audience the connections between each movement, thereby solidifying the four-movement structure as one complete work of art."

The RIT Orchestra, formed in 1981, includes students and Rochester community members and performs orchestral works from cira 1600 to the present.

For more information about the concert, contact Ruhling at 475-2054 or Michael.Ruhling@rit.edu.