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Student Soloist Accompanies Orchestra in Spring Concert

Published on April 8, 2013

The Susquehanna University Orchestra will perform a concert on April 20 at 8 p.m., showcasing the student winner of the annual concerto/aria competition.Orchestra The concert, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Stretansky Concert Hall of the Cunningham Center for Music and Art.

The competition winner, Joshua Heaney, of Fairfield, will perform the saxophone while accompanied by the orchestra. The combination will play Claude Debussy's “Rhapsodie for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra.”

Directed by Jennifer Sacher Wiley, the orchestra will also perform Symphony No. 6 "Pastoral" by Ludwig Van Beethoven. This will be the first time the orchestra has performed Beethoven in several years.

The concerto/aria competition, hosted yearly by Susquehanna’s music department, is a contest in which the department's best performers compete musically. Winners of the competition are awarded the opportunity to perform their concerto or aria with the Susquehanna University Orchestra during the following semester. A panel of visiting judges evaluates skill, musicality, accuracy and the musical integrity of the performance to choose the winner, according to Heaney.

“Playing as an orchestral soloist encourages a different level of projection and musical independence. Because of this, there is not only a great feeling of freedom of expression, but also a feeling of partnership with the ensemble,” Heaney said.

The Susquehanna University Orchestra is open by audition only to advanced string players and high caliber wind/brass/percussionists.




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