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SUNY Orange Community Orchestra Concert is Feb. 26

The SUNY Orange Community Orchestra will welcome trombone soloist Angela Prictoe, a junior at Monroe-Woodbury High School and winner of the orchestra’s 15th annual Concerto/Aria Contest, during a Sunday, Feb. 26 concert at the Paramount Theatre in Middletown.

The concert begins at 3 p.m. and admission is $10. The orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Hilarie Clark Moore, is comprised of SUNY Orange students and members of the community. In the event of inclement weather on Feb. 26, the concert’s snow date is March 5.

Prictoe will perform Ferdinand David’s “Concertino, Op. 4 for Trombone” as the “entrée” portion of the evening program, billed as a “musical tasting.” Much like a tasting menu at a restaurant, the evening program developed by Moore is designed to feature short snippets of music to introduce the first-timer to classical music while offering a tasteful variety for the seasoned music lover. 

The evening menu includes: Wolfgang Mozart’s “Don Giovanni Overture” as the “appetizer”; Johannes Brahms’ “Symphony No. 3 in F Major, Op. 90” as the “salad and soup course”; Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Orchestral Suite, No. 3 in D Major” as the “sorbet”; Claude Debussy’s “Petite Suite” as the “cheese/dessert course”; and Igor Stravinsky’s “Firebird Suite” as the “after dinner liqueur.”

The Concerto/Aria competition provides a solo opportunity for talented young local instrumentalists and vocalists from within Orange County. Applicants are invited to audition before a panel comprised of music faculty from SUNY Orange as well as professional musicians from the Hudson Valley.

Past winners of the orchestra’s Concerto/Aria Contest include Sarah Tusch, Valentina Ponochovnaya, George Courtsunis, Radhika Shah, Lucie Jaronowski, Tim Takagi, Clare Herceg, Emily Moore, Rachel Conklin, James Rose, Stephen Gorgone, Justin Randolph, Kaitlyn Mesic, Erica Moore, Ashley Heilweil, Audrey Zybura, Eric Bjorkman, Michael Kolb, Julia Rupp, Jared Silbernagel, Nathan Sander, Olivia McCartney, Brianna Reed and Yena Lee.

Some previous winners will be attending the concert to celebrate the contest’s 15th anniversary. Many past winners have spent time performing with the College’s community orchestra, while most have pursued music careers or continue to play today.

Tusch, who performed Joseph Haydn’s “Violin Concerto No. 2 in G Major” as one of the contest’s inaugural winners in 2003, offered this recollection of her solo performance: “When I walked out, I looked to Hilarie and out over the orchestra, and everyone was smiling. They made me feel so at home! I remember my first chord, my tricky cadenza, and the wonderful amazing feeling of accomplishment when I finished the last note. I had never been so exhausted before, or so happy, in my short 15 years of life.”

Currently pursuing her master’s degree in Arts Administration, 2007 winner Conklin who performed Max Bruch’s “Concerto No. 1 in g Minor, Op. 26” says, “performing with the SUNY Orange Community Orchestra was a very special opportunity for me. One of the most memorable moments of the experience was the feeling when I rehearsed with the orchestra and had that live orchestral sound behind me for the first time. Playing with the SUNY Orange Community Orchestra was very important because it helped me understand what was possible, and nudged me in the direction that I’ve followed since.”

For more information, contact the SUNY Orange Arts and Communication Department at (845) 341-4787.



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Terry Sandford
Arts & Communication Department