Dan Presgrave, lecturer in music at the University of Missouri–St. Louis, will make his debut tonight as the director of the UMSL Orchestra.

The student ensemble will perform a concert featuring Ludwig van Beethoven’s First Symphony, Benjamin Britten’s Simple Symphony and Dag Wiren’s Serenade. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. tonight (Nov. 3) in the Anheusher-Busch Performance Hall at the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center.

Presgrave is an active performer in the St. Louis area. He played with the Saint Louis Philharmonic Orchestra, Galant Ensemble, orchestra for Opera Theater of Saint Louis, the Philharmonic Brass Quintet and the Metropolitan Orchestra of Saint Louis. Additionally, Presgrave is the music director or conductor for the following: Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble at Washington University in St. Louis, Mighty Mississippi Concert Band of Saint Louis and the Saint Louis Wind Symphony. Presgrave will lead the UMSL Orchestra while former director James Richards serves as interim dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication.

The Touhill is on UMSL’s North Campus, One University Blvd. in St. Louis County (63121). The concert is sponsored by the Department of Music and College of Fine Arts and Communication at UMSL.

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Ryan Heinz

Ryan Heinz