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Juniata Orchestra Tackles Grieg, Bizet, Mozart at Fall Concert

(Posted November 26, 2012)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- The Juniata College Orchestra will perform a series of well-known classical selections, including the "Peer Gynt Suite," in its fall semester concert at 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 2, in Rosenberger Auditorium in the Halbritter Center for the Performing Arts.

Tickets are $5 for adults. Students under age 18 are admitted free, as are Juniata students with valid ID. The orchestra will be directed by Matthew Sheppard, lecturer in music at Juniata.

The two Grieg selections, 'Morning Mood,' and 'In the Hall of the Mountain King,' are familiar to all music fans because they have been used in film and television scores for decades.

The concert will open with selections from "The Peer Gynt Suite," by Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg. The two selections, "Morning Mood," and "In the Hall of the Mountain King," are familiar to all music fans because they have been used in film and television scores for decades.

The orchestra will then transition to "In the Steppes of Central Asia," by Russian composer Alexander Borodin, who also is well known for his opera "Prince Igor." The music, originally written for czar Alexander, is an aural image of a caravan of central Asian travelers under the protection of Russian troops as they make their way across the wide Russian landscape.

Next, the orchestra will play "Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra," by Wolfgang Mozart. The piece is one of the most performed pieces of music written for bassoon and Mozart composed it when he was 18 years old. Hannah Hostak, a sophomore from Centennial, Colo., will perform the bassoon solos.

The orchestra will perform "Serenade for Strings in E Minor," by Edward Elgar. Elgar is a British composer perhaps best known for his series of marches known in the United States as "Pomp and Circumstance." "Serenade" is one of Elgar's best-known early works.

The concert will close with "Carmen Suite No. 1," by Georges Bizet. The famous opera, "Carmen," was composed by Georges Bizet and premiered in 1875, only to have the composer died of a heart attack three months later. Another composer, Ernest Guiraud compiled the opera after Bizet's death.
The members of the Juniata Orchestra are as follows:

Violin 1: Kenichi Chien, a sophomore international student from Japan; Destiny Waller, a Huntingdon Area High School student; Julia Noack, a sophomore from Downingtown, Pa.; Monica McGrath, a senior from Warrington, Pa.; Clare Lewis, a sophomore from Duncansville, Pa.; Bernard Devlin, a freshman from Media, Pa.; Eliza Phinney, a senior from Oberlin, Ohio; and Bill Bressler, a community member from Huntingdon, Pa.

Violin 2: Haldis Andersen, a junior from Mooresville, N.C.; Amanda Epstein, a senior from Glen Head, N.Y.; Victoria Buser, a sophomore from Allentown, Pa.; Kayla Oaster, a freshman from Glenville, Pa.; Teresa Turmanian, a freshman from Gaithersburg, Md.; Erin McClure, a senior from Reading, Pa.; Emily Reinl, a freshman from Mechanicsburg, Pa.; Emily Martin, a senior from Catonsville, Md.; and Akela Easter-Thomas, a freshman from Williams, Ore.

Viola: Kelly deWolfe, a senior from Fayette, Maine; Erik Krueger, a sophomore from Maple Glen, Pa.; Katelyn Sten, a sophomore from Macungie, Pa.; Eleanor Rice, a freshman from Gettysburg, Pa.; Dustin Servello, a freshman from Hollidaysburg, Pa.; Mike Kelley, a freshman from Vienna, Va,; and Chrissy Whiteman, a freshman from Delmont, Pa.

Cello: William Thurston-Griswold, a Huntingdon Area High School student; Evelyn Bookhammer, a Juniata faculty member; and Abby Long, a homeschooled student from Hesston, Pa.

Bass: Audrey Zehren, a sophomore from Seattle, Wash.; Caleb Campbell, a sophomore from Pine Grove Mills, Pa.; and James Dulaney, a senior fromTowanda, Pa.

Flute: Alex Debrecht, a sophomore from Southbury, Conn.; Katelyn Hilands, a junior from Johnstown, Pa.; and Claire Wayman, a senior, from Ontario, N.Y.

Oboe: Bridget Canning, a sophomore from Centre Hall, Pa.; Linley Erickson, a freshman from Chicago, Ill.; and Alexandra Stroud, a freshman from Ellicott City, Md.

Bassoon: Hannah Hostak, a sophomore from Centennial, Colo., and Allison Brown, a sophomore from Monroeville, Pa.

Clarinet: Megan Burger, a senior from Bellefonte, Pa.

Horn: Dave Dunlap, a community member from Huntingdon; Jill Keeney, a Juniata faculty member; Stephanie Schmid, a senior from Ellicott City, Md.; and Jacob Sinclair, a freshman from Mt. Airy, Md.

Trumpet: Melissa King, a senior, from Newtown, Conn.;
Katie Downey, a senior from Warren, Pa.; and Brandon Leckemby, a junior from Somerset, Pa.

Trombone: Jared Flick, a freshman from Richfield, Pa.; Paul Keeney, a community member from Huntingdon; and Aric Koestler, a junior from Palmyra, Pa.

Tuba: David Toole, a freshman from West Grove, Pa.

Percussion: Reinaldo Liem, a junior international student from Bandung, Indonesia; John Lugg, a senior from Lock Haven, Pa.; and Jessica Toot, a senior from New Oxford, Pa.

Contact John Wall at wallj@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3132 for more information.