Alfred University Orchestra presents ‘Gems of the Baroque’ at April 14 concert
The Alfred University Orchestra will present “Gems of the Baroque” under the direction of Dr. Lisa Lantz, at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 14, at 7:30 pm in Miller Theater. The concert is framed around masterworks by Antonio Vivaldi and J.S. Bach, featuring student and professional soloists.
The concert will open with the Vivaldi Concerto Grosso in D minor followed by the Vivaldi Concerto for Two Cellos, performed by Phillip Dzielski, a senior astrophysics major; Megan Sadowitz, a sophomore art and design major; Emma Wilson, graduate student majoring in mental health counseling and Eugenia Meltzer, adjunct instructor in music.
A popular work by Vivaldi, “Spring” from the Four Seasons will be performed by Aaron Vit, a first year student majoring mechanical engineering and history. Senior glass engineering science major Jay Horvath joins his teacher, Dr. Christopher Foster, for anther delightful work by Vivaldi, the Concerto for Two Trumpets.
The concert then highlights the String Orchestra in the final movement of Bach’s Brandenburg No. 3, a highly complex work composed for three sections each of violin, viola and cello with the bass serving as continuo.
The evening concert will conclude with J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg No. 5 featuring flutist Rosalyn Nardella, a senior biology major; violinist Lisa Lantz, and concert pianist Lucy Mauro.
Lantz is the director of the orchestra, professor of music, and artistic director and founder of the MostArts Festival, now entering its fourth year.
Mauro’s recordings for Delos have been acclaimed in Gramophone, awarded a Recording of the Year 2011 by MusicWeb International, and selected for the December 2013 NAXOS Critics’ Choice List. She is on the faculty at West Virginia University and will return to Alfred to perform this summer at the MostArts Festival.
About our soloists:
Cellist Phillip Dzielski, is a first semester senior student majoring in astrophysics with a minor in mathematics. He is from Irondequoit, where he attended Irondequoit high school. In addition to music, he spends much of his time at Alfred University longboarding, and teaching at the observatory. After graduation, he plans to continue to pursue a graduate degree in physics.
Megan Sadowitz is a sophomore student majoring in Art and Design with a minor in music. Megan is from Hopewell Junction NY, where she attended John Jay High School. In addition to playing cello and violin, Megan runs for the cross country and track & field teams at Alfred University. Upon graduation, she plans to get her MFA, and continue with music.
Cellist Emma Wilson, a graduate student majoring in mental health counseling. Emma is from Wellsville, NY, where she attended Wellsville High School and then completed her undergraduate work at Syracuse University. After graduation, Emma plans to become a licensed mental health counselor and continue her education to get a Ph.D. degree.
Flutist Rosalyn Nardella is a biology major with minors in music and chemistry. She plays flute, saxophone, and piano and has performed in numerous student recitals. In the fall she will be attending dental school on a Navy scholarship. In her free time she enjoys riding horses and learning ukulele.
Eugenia Meltzer teaches strings at AU as an adjunct. She worked as a professional musician and taught violin in the Chicago suburbs, running a large Suzuki program for over 30 years. Upon retirement, she moved to the Alfred area to set up a ceramic studio. She now divides her time between music and art.
Trumpeter Jay Horwath is a senior student majoring in glass engineering science with a minor in chemistry. Jay has participated in the orchestra, symphonic band and jazz band nearly every semester during his time at Alfred. Jay is from Doylestown, PA, where he attended Central Bucks High School West. After graduating this May, Jay will begin his graduate studies in materials science and engineering at the University of Pennsylvania.
Christopher Foster is the director of bands and associate professor of music at Alfred University. He directs the University’s symphonic band and jazz band, and teaches music theory, music appreciation, jazz history, lessons on brass instruments, and other courses in music. Foster is an experienced musician, teacher, adjudicator and reviewer. He is also active as a soloist and freelance musician. He has been a guest conductor for several all-county and area all-state bands. Foster has been an adjudicator for various NYSSMA solo festivals, and continues to be active as a recording reviewer for the International Trumpet Guild.
Violinist Aaron Vit is a first year student majoring in mechanical engineering and history with minors in Music and Mathematics. Aaron is from Canandaigua, NY, where he attended Canandaigua Academy as well as the Hochstein School of Music in Rochester. In addition to music, Aaron is on the men’s tennis team, and an active member in both drone and the outdoor clubs at Alfred University. Aaron was recently appointed as assistant student director to the Alfred University Junior Strings Program, under the direction of Lantz.
Pianist Lucy Mauro’s recordings for Delos have been acclaimed in Gramophone, awarded a Recording of the Year 2011 by MusicWeb International, and selected for the December 2013 NAXOS Critics’ Choice List., among other recognitions. MusicWeb International said her “delicate touch and flawless technique give us a luminous sound of great beauty”. She made her concerto debut with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra at the age of 14 and is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory where she received Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate degrees and where she studied with Ann Schein and Julio Esteban. She has performed and taught for festivals and schools in Germany, Italy, Spain, China and the US. Recent performances include the 2013 Esterházy Festival in Austria. Her publications include Essential Two-Piano Repertoire, Essential Keyboard Trios, Essential Piano Duets from Alfred Publishing and Master Singers: Advice from the Stage (2015) from Oxford University Press. She is an Associate Professor of Piano at West Virginia University.
Lantz is director of the Alfred University Orchestra, a professor of music and founder of the MostArts Festival, now entering its fourth year.
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