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Juniata Music Students Perform Solo, Group Pieces

(Posted December 3, 2012)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Juniata College Department of Music has set an honors recital for Juniata students and a local high school musician at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 6, in Rosenberger Auditorium in the Halbritter Center for the Performing Arts.

The concert is free and open to the public.

The Juniata Honors Woodwind Quintet will perform "Kinderstuke," which translates as "Children's Pieces," composed by Felix Mendelssohn.

The first recital features Huntingdon Area High School student Will Thurston-Griswold performing on cello, accompanied by his father, Henry Thurston-Griswold, professor of Spanish at Juniata, on piano.

The duo will perform "Six Studies in English Folksong," by Ralph Vaughn Williams is an British composer famed for preserving original folk music and incorporating folk music into his classical compositions.

The Juniata Honors Woodwind Quintet will perform "Kinderstuke," which translates as "Children's Pieces," composed by Felix Mendelssohn.

The Juniata Honors Woodwind Quintet includes: Hannah Hostak, a sophomore from Denver, Colo.; Stephanie Schmid, a senior from Ellicott City, Md.; Alex Stroud, a freshman from Ellicott City, Md.; Nancy Vooys, a senior from Mount Holly Springs, Pa.; and Claire Wayman, a senior from Ontario, N.Y.

Patrick Rea, a sophomore from Altoona, Pa., will perform a solo piano piece, "Prelude in D Major, Op. 23, No. 4" by Sergei Rachmaninoff. Rachmaninoff was a Romantic-era musician, and this selection represents the composer's emotion-driven style.

Next, the Juniata College Honors Saxophone Quartet will perform two pieces, "Irish Suite" and " Mississippi Rag."

Members of the Juniata Saxophone Quartet are: Kyle Kister, alto sax, a sophomore from Somerset, Pa.; Jason Ward, alto sax, a sophomore from Hawk Run, Pa.; Brian Gilbert, tenor sax, a sophomore from Stroudsburg, Pa.; and Chris Cueto, baritone sax, a sophomore from Hagerstown, Md.

Rebecca Swaintek, a senior from Allentown, Pa., will perform a solo piano piece, "Sonata in C," by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Mozart wrote three similar sonatas that he originally used as piano lesson compositions.

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