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Student concerto winners to perform with Linfield Chamber Orchestra

Linfield Chamber Orchestra Concerto Competition WinnersThe Linfield Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Michael Gesme, will perform its final concert on Friday, March 15, at 8 p.m., in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield College.

The concert will feature five Linfield student soloists − winners of the Linfield Department of Music concerto competition − performing an eclectic set of works with the orchestra. Student soloists include sophomores Tabitha Gholi, Kelsey Garrett and Christian Santangelo; and juniors Jaimie McDonald and Zach Gulaboff Davis.

Santangelo will begin the concert with French composer Darius Milhaud’s “Concerto for Percussion and Small Orchestra,” which highlights a single percussionist working with more than 20 different percussion instruments. The second movement of Mozart’s “Piano Concerto in D Minor, K. 466” will follow, featuring Davis on piano. Next, Garrett will be featured on marimba for the fourth movement of “Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra” by contemporary composer Ney Rosauro, and McDonald will sing “Je dis, que rien ne m’épouvante” from Georges Bizet’s opera “Carmen.” To conclude the first half of the concert, Gholi will perform one of the great showpieces of the violinist’s repertoire, Vittorio Monti’s “Csárdás.”

During the second half of the program, the Linfield Chamber Orchestra will perform Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 2 in D Major.” Often considered one of his happiest, energetic and outgoing symphonic compositions, the piece was penned during one of the most difficult times of Beethoven’s life − when he was coming to terms with his increasing and incurable deafness.

Tickets will be offered at the special price of $10, available at the door. Cash or checks are acceptable. Linfield students are admitted free with student ID.

Since its inception in 1991, the Linfield Chamber Orchestra has provided Linfield students the opportunity to perform alongside seasoned musicians. Although 2012-13 marks the LCO’s final season, this tradition will continue with Linfield Lively Arts, a music series that will offer even greater opportunities for students to work directly with professional musicians. As with the LCO, the new music series will also provide local classical music lovers the opportunity to hear outstanding musicians in live performance.

For more information, call 503-883-2275 or visit www.linfield.edu/arts.