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Juniata to Feature Alumni Violinist, Math Professor in Solo Spots

(Posted November 9, 2009)

Gregg Ralson, a 1977 Juniata graduate

Written by: Molly Sollenberger

HUNTINGDON, Pa.-- The Juniata College Orchestra will explore classical music written by a variety of composers, from Beethoven to Bach to Massenet, at Juniata College at 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 15, in Rosenberger Auditorium in the Halbritter Center for the Performing Arts.
Tickets for the concert are $5 for adults and free for children under age 18 and for Juniata students with current identification. The concert will be conducted by James Latten, associate professor of music at Juniata.

The evening of music will include a performance by Gregg Ralston, a 1977 Juniata College graduate, who is returning to his alma mater to perform two solo pieces with the orchestra. He will also perform with a special faculty string quartet.

Ralston has established himself as a professional solo violinist. After graduating from Juniata with a bachelor's degree in mathematics and music theory, he has served as concertmaster of the Immaculata Symphony and the Delaware County Symphony chamber orchestra. Currently, he routinely participates in playing sessions with a local group of chamber music enthusiasts.

The concert opens as the orchestra performs a romantic piece by 19th century Czech composer, Antonin Dvorak, "Slavonic Dance Op. 46 No. 8."

The evening of music will include a performance by Gregg Ralston, a 1977 Juniata College graduate, who is returning to his alma mater to perform two solo pieces with the orchestra.


A French composer's music is the focus of the ensemble's next concert segment. "Cello Concerto" by Camille Saint-Saens, will feature sophomore Katerina Korch, of Shillington, Pa., on cello, winner of the 2009-2010 Instrumental Music Concerto competition.

A faculty string quartet comprised of Debbie Trudeau, lecturer in music, Ofir Tomer, lecturer in music, and Evelyn Bookhammer, lecturer in music, with Gregg Ralston as a guest, will perform "Mendelssohn's String Quartet Op. 44 No. 1."
Adding to the concert program's local flavor is John Bukowski, professor and chair of the mathematics at Juniata, who will perform Bach's "Italian Concerto" on Juniata's recently refurbished harpsichord.

The classical repertoire of music at the concert will continue with guest soloist, Ralston, joining the orchestra on violin performing a piece from Beethoven's "Romance Op. 40," one of the two violin romances written by the famous German composer. Ralston will also play the violin for Jules Massenet's famous "Meditation from Thais."

Finally, the Bergenblick Consort, featuring Wilfred Norris, professor emeritus of physics, Ann Hettmansperger, a community member, Ann Andersen, a community member, and Erin Burt, a sophomore from Spring, Texas, playing cello performing the "Trio Sonata" by Johann Joaquin Quantz for two alto recorders and harpsichord and cello.

The Juniata College Orchestra members are as follows:


Violin 1: James Rixey, a sophomore from Mechanicsburg, Pa.; Zhongwei Hu, a sophomore from China; Samuel Hulse, a sophomore from Baltimore, Md.; Amanda Epstein, a freshman from Sea Cliff, N.Y.; Emily Gray, a senior from Hummelstown, Pa.; Steven Liong Wee Kwong, a senior from Tombeau Bay, Mauritius; Valerie Deraville, a sophomore from Maplewood, N.J.; Erin McClure, a freshman from Cantonsville, Md.; Monica McGrath, a freshman from Oberlin, Ohio; Malea Hetrick, a senior from Port Matilda, Pa.; Amy Hunt, a sophomore from Lexington, Ky.; Heather Kostick, a sophomore from Media, Pa.; Destiny Waller from Huntingdon, Pa.; and Carla Boyle from Huntingdon.

Viola: Matt Lambton, a sophomore from Ridgefield, Conn.; Kelly DeWolfe, a freshman from Fayette, Maine.; Corryn Kosik, a junior from Harrisburg, Pa.; Sara Trescher, a freshman from Hummelstown, Pa.; Caitlyn Bowman, a sophomore from Seven Valleys, Pa.

Cello: Erin Burt, a sophomore from Spring, Texas; Caroline Frawley, a sophomore from Silver Spring, Md.; Katerina Korch, a sophomore from Shillington, Pa.; Nathan Salamone, a freshman from Easton, Pa.; Steve Schmitt, a junior from New Providence, N.J.; Sarah Border, a sophomore from Williamsport, Pa.; Tim Pavlic, a senior from Altoona, Pa.; Ashley Cunningham, a junior from Pittsfield, Pa.; and Evelyn Bookhammer from Alexandria, Pa.

Bass: Matt Bailey, a senior from East Petersburg, Pa. and Elizabeth Linde, a junior from Kirkwood, Pa.

Flute: Emily Boresow, a freshman from Leawood, Kan.; Yoko Tsutani, a senior from Fukui, Japan; and Claire Wayman, a freshman from Ontario, N.Y.

Oboe: Candice Kerestan, a community member from Huntingdon, Pa.

Bassoon: Jody Butte, a member of the college adjunct music faculty from Huntingdon, Pa.; and Sandra Gehman, a senior from Lancaster, Pa.

B Flat Clarinet: Clare Coda, a senior from Shady Grove, Pa.; Lindsay Darchicourt, a sophomore from Boiling Springs, Pa.; and Allyson Edington, a sophomore from Aaronsburg, Pa.

Bass Clarinet: Fallon Shaffer, a freshman from Alum Bank, Pa.

Hom: Ashlin Creeden, a freshman from Annville, Pa.; Stephanie Schmid, a freshman from Ellicott City, Md.; Anne Staudenmaier, a junior from Harrisburg, Pa.; Alexa Zimbicki, a sophomore from Shippensburg, Pa.

Trumpet: Melissa King, a freshman from Newtown, Conn.; and Caroline White, a freshman from Chambersburg, Pa.

Trombone: Alexander Bames, a senior from Stroudsburg, Pa.; Adam Fehn, a junior from Mercersburg, Pa.; and Ryan Knepp, a community member from Huntingdon, Pa.

Percussion: Amanda Durofchalk, a freshman from Warnersville, Pa.; Sergio Lopez, a junior from Edison, N.J.; and Kathleen Vanderau, a senior from Scotland, Pa.

Piano: Emily Brant, a senior from Garrett, Pa.

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