This Spring's orchestral concert, "Graduating Seniors from the Sarah Lawrence College Orchestra Present Special Projects," will showcase accomplished student composers and performers. The concert will take place on Tuesday, March 12 at 8 p.m. in Reisinger Concert Hall and is free and open to the public.
Conductor Martin Goldray views the concert as a way of highlighting some of the unique interests and talents of graduating orchestra members. "Works presented in this concert will cover a wide range of music, from mainstream repertory to the unconventional," Goldray said. Orchestra members featured in this concert include Kristin Jarvis, who will play Elegie for Cello and Piano by Faure while her shadow puppet play is performed. Speaking about her upcoming performance, Jarvis said that as a cellist, she has continually returned to Faure's Elegie. "Fragments of the theme repeat almost obsessively, like a distant memory, at once ungraspable and resonant," she said. Jarvis was inspired by the music to choreograph a puppet play, attempting in the process to "meld musical language with the visual language of performance." In addition to Jarvis's performance, Mary Martha Kobus will screen a video she has made to music by Sarah Lawrence College faculty composer George Tsontakis. Like Jarvis, Kobus worked from the music to create video images. Having searched for a suitable piece for some time, she listened to Tsonakis's music and it struck her immediately as powerful and energetic. The piece, she said, was "both tonal and contemporary and narrative and exciting."
Other performers include trombonist Emily Scott, who will perform the premiere of a chamber concerto, Serenade on a Theme of Ludwig Senfl, written by student composer James Welsch, and flutist Susanna Quilter who will play the Telemann Suite in A minor. The concert will conclude with a work that is one of the classics of the twentieth century chamber music repertory: Olivier Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time, performed by Melinda Rice, violin, Elizabeth Gustin, clarinet, Colette Alexander, cello and Martin Goldray, piano.
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