You’ll love it; Orchestra features winning student soloists

The Grove City College Orchestra is offering up a Valentine’s Day date-night destination with its Winter Concert, featuring performances by the winners of the  Department of Music’s annual Concerto/Aria Competition. 

The concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14 in Ketler Auditorium of the Pew Fine Arts Center on campus is free and open to the public. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Kaitlyn Butts ’21 will perform Andante Sostenuto from Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22 by Camille Saint-Saëns. Ben Cacioppo ’22 will perform the Allegro from Concerto No. 1 for Horn and Orchestra, Op. 11 by Richard Strauss.

The concert also features a pair of student conductors: Hannah Miner ’20 will conduct the theme from “Jurassic Park” by John Williams; and Sarah Dawson ’21 will conduct “Poet and Peasant Overture” by Franz von Suppé. Miner and Dawson have been working with Dr. Jeffrey Tedford, chair of Department of Music and director of the orchestra, in an independent study in orchestral conducting where they plan, rehearse and evaluate their selections on a weekly basis while developing their conducting technique.

“I am incredibly proud of our student soloists, conductors, and orchestral musicians. They have worked very hard and I am excited to present their talents to our audience,” Tedford said.

The concert will conclude with “A Marvin Hamlisch Celebration,” which includes several of the late composer’s best-known compositions. “I am excited to share the music of Marvin Hamlisch with my students and our audience on Valentine’s Day. He was incredibly gifted at writing melodies and arrangements for orchestra and I think the joy of his music will be a wonderful closing to this concert.” Tedford said.

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You’ll love it; Orchestra features winning student soloists

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