Fall Orchestra Concert to Offer Three Musical Eras
Published on September 26, 2012
The Susquehanna University Orchestra will present its fall concert Oct. 6 at 8 p.m. in Stretansky Concert Hall, in the university’s Cunningham Center for Music and Art. The event is free and open to the public.
Conducted by Jennifer Sacher Wiley, associate professor of music, the orchestra will perform “Ballet Suite” by Jean-Baptiste Lully, “Romance for Viola and Orchestra” by Max Bruch, “Misero! O Sogno” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the “Russian Easter Overture” by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. Soloists will include Jeffrey Fahnestock, tenor, and Marcus Smolensky on viola.
Central Pennsylvania native Fahnestock, who teaches voice, vocal literature and diction at Susquehanna, is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and the Peabody Institute. He has been awarded fellowships for the study of art song and opera at the Tanglewood, Ravinia and Blossom music festivals, and has appeared with numerous choral and orchestral groups across the United States.
Smolensky, who teaches string lessons, Introduction to Music, and Form and Analysis at Susquehanna, is a former member of the Rochester Philharmonic, Syracuse Symphony and Harrisburg Symphony. He has been the featured soloist with the Valley Symphony (Edinburg, Texas), Martinu Philharmonic (Czech Republic), Central Pennsylvania Symphony (Hershey), Genesee Symphony (Batavia, N.Y.), Lowell Philharmonic (Lowell, Mass.) and University Circle Chamber Orchestra (Cleveland, Ohio).
“The concert is sort of like a music history lesson,” said Wiley. “We start with music from the Baroque era, and then move to the Classical and Romantic eras.”
Susquehanna University has a vibrant orchestral program, providing a broad range of standard repertoire opportunities for string players of all levels; pre-professional wind, brass and percussionists; and singers who collaborate with the orchestra on operas and oratorios. Since Wiley’s appointment to Susquehanna in 1997, the orchestra has grown from a small string ensemble of 18 players to more than 50 musicians presenting numerous programs of standard repertoire each year. Wiley’s development of the orchestral program earned her the university’s Teaching Award in 2007.
Karen M. Jones