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Chamber Orchestra Hosts End-Of-The-Year Concert; Features Concerto-Aria Winners
12.02.13 |

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Lebanon Valley College's Chamber Orchestra will host a concert on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Lutz Hall of the Blair Music Center. The concert is free and open to the public.

The concert program is constructed to highlight the talents of four of the College's Concerto-Aria competition winners. An opera piece from Gaetano Donizetti's "The Elixir of Love" will feature the vocals of seniors Brenna Landes and Andrew Ferrie, two singers who director Hannes Dietrich, director of instrumental music at the College, characterizes as superb singers and actors.

"It's actually pretty funny-Andrew has just drunk the love potion and he sees Brenna and falls in love with her and she wants nothing to do with him, so it's pretty delightful. They act it really well; they sing it really well," Dietrich says.

Senior French horn players Lindsay Groft and Matthew Ramage will feature prominently in a suite that Dietrich describes as fairly "exposed" parts that the duo have been navigating well during rehearsals. Groft and Ramage will also play their French horns over a challenging piece written for the bassoon.

Dietrich notes that this concert will be a fun performance notable for the risks the orchestra is taking. During a piece from a symphony by Joseph Haydn, Dietrich will act as concert master rather than conductor, forcing the orchestra to pay attention and listen even more than they would have to with a conductor, something the orchestra has had only three rehearsals to perfect.

"It's never overprepared-we don't have that luxury," Dietrich jokes.

The high-risk nature of the concert is designed to present the students with a more real world experience that is truer to that of a professional orchestra setting, something Dietrich says that these students will have no problem adapting to.

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