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AU Symphony Orchestra’s spring concert program ‘Made in America’

The Alfred University Division of Performing Arts will present the AU Symphony Orchestra together with the Wellsville Performing Arts Orchestra in a spring concert on Saturday, May 1, at 8 p.m. in the new Miller Theater on the AU campus.

The event is open to public free of charge. Lisa Lantz, associate professor of music/strings, will direct the concert. John Gill, AU professor of ceramics, will be the emcee and entertainer for the performance.

The concert will feature American songs, including Leroy Anderson’s “Pirate Dance” and “The Syncopated Clock;” Aaron Copland’s “Variations on a Shaker Melody” and “How-Down from ‘Rodeo;’” Cole Porter/John Whitney’s “Cole Porter Salute;” George Gershwin/John Whitney’s “An American in Paris Suite;” Jerome Kern’s “Make Believe from “Show Boat;” and Richard Rodgers’ “My Romance;” and selections from “The King and I.”

The concert will also feature Alfred University student soloists Anna Kowalczuk of Scarsdale and Kate Truini of Roxbury, CT.

The Wellsville Performing Arts Orchestra is partially funded by the NYS Council on the Arts.

The Alfred University Orchestra members include Kristin Rubach from Colden; Elizabeth Reznikoff from Newtown, CT; Emily Smith, East Amherst; Karyn Foxwell, Rexville; Samantha Dannick, Coral Springs, FL; Stefanie Landman, Woodstock; Eliza Parker, Oswego; Emily Horst, Sylvania, Ohio; Chelsea Chandanais, Lowman; Michael Taylor, East Syracuse; Jessica Langer, Delevan; Michaela Stone, Hornell; Valerie Boebinger, San Patricio, NM; Kelvin Ng from Hong Kong; Jasper Wright, Pattersonville; Sara Egan, Hanson, MA; Elizabeth Wager, Jamestown; Scott DeFranco-Norton, Salisbury Mills; Sunny Cho, Wyckoff, NJ; Maxwell Davidson from Malvern, PA.

Community members playing with the Alfred University Orchestra include Laura Souther, Loretta Phelps, Emily Westacott, Eddie Phelps, James Phelps, Nick Vissichelli, Rintaro Wada, Mary Stoke, Geoffrey Cheung, and Clayton Morgan.

The Wellsville Performing Arts Orchestra members include Margarita Mzvensky, Jenii Statt, Carol Williams, Virginia Vossler, Albert Vossler, Deanna Scott, Robert Scherzer, MaryLou Maxon, Carol English, Karino Wada, Ann Giddings, Emma Wilson, Carol Flurschutz, Myranda Cook, Bill Nash, and Ed Belin.

Lantz is an experienced orchestral conductor with performances in both choral and symphonic works. She earned a Ph.D. in music arts from Ohio State University and a master’s degree in music and specialist in music performance from the University of Michigan. She has participated in European master classes with internationally renowned artists.