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Huntingdon Native to Perform Solo Piano at Wind Symphony Concert

(Posted April 15, 2013)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- The Juniata College Wind Symphony will feature a Huntingdon native as guest pianist and debut a new Juniata College and community music ensemble at its spring concert at 3 p.m., Saturday, April 27, in Rosenberger Auditorium on the Juniata campus.

Tickets for the concert are $5 for adults and Juniata students with ID or children under 18 are admitted free. The Wind Symphony is directed by James Latten, associate professor of music at Juniata.

The ensemble will step aside for a performance by Robert Swan, a 1964 graduate of Huntingdon Area High School and a renowned instrumental soloist for the International Baldwin Artist Roster, who will play "Piano Concerto in A Minor," by Edvard Grieg.

The concert opens with "Illyrian Dances," by Guy Woolfenden, a present-day English composer noted for his work in opera, film and television. There are three movements in the "Illyrian" piece.

Next the ensemble will perform "Blue Shades," by American composer Frank Ticheli, which melds jazz and blues into a contemporary composition. The wind symphony will take on the music of German composer Richard Wagner next by performing "Elsa's Procession to the Cathedral," which comes from the opera "Lohengrin." Wagner, a 19th century composer, is best known for his operas and the composition "Ride of the Valkyries."

The ensemble will step aside for a performance by Robert Swan, a 1964 graduate of Huntingdon Area High School and a renowned instrumental soloist for the International Baldwin Artist Roster, who will play "Piano Concerto in A Minor," by Edvard Grieg. It is the only concerto Grieg completed and it can be heard in films and television, including the program "Twin Peaks."

After making his first orchestral debut as a teenager with the Juniata College Symphony, Swan earned degrees in music from the Eastman School of Music and the Julliard School. He went on to earn a doctorate in music from the University of Arizona. As a piano soloist he has performed with major orchestras and given solo performances at Lincoln Center in New York City and the White House. He is an adjunct professor of music at Seattle Pacific University and at Music Works Northwest, in Bellevue, Wash.

After Swan's performance, the ensemble will perform "Colonel Bogey March," a British military march used memorably in the classic film "Bridge on the River Kwai."

After intermission, the college musicians will display their talents in a new ensemble, the Raystown Wind Orchestra. The group will start its debut by playing "Noisy Wheels of Joy," by Eric Whitacre, a piece inspired by the Disney film "101 Dalmatians."

The wind orchestra will perform three selections from "Lincolnshire Posey" by Percy Grainger. The piece has six movements, each inspired by an English folk song. The Juniata group will play "Dublin Bay," "Horkstow Grange" and "The Lost Lady Found."

The concert will end with "American Salute," by Morton Gould, a Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer who based the tune on the song "When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again."
The members of the Wind Symphony are:
Flute: Principal Flute: Claire Wayman, a senior from Ontario, N.Y.; Pallma Crouch, a freshman from Bethel, Conn.; Alex Debrecht, a sophomore from Winston-Salem, N.C.; Melissa Famularo, a senior from Hummelstown, Pa.; Katelyn Hilands, a junior from Johnstown, Pa.

Oboe: Principal Oboe: Alexandra Stroud, a freshman from Ellicott City, Md., and Robert Draham, a junior from Port Republic, Md.

Bassoon: Principal Bassoon: Allison Brown, a sophomore from Monroeville, Pa., and Jody Butte, a community member from Huntingdon, Pa.

B Flat Clarinet: Principal Clarinet: Leandra Glumac, a junior from Pittsburgh, Pa.; Colin Brislawn, a junior from Tumwater, Wash.; Megan Burger, a senior from Bellefonte, Pa.; Laura Kelly, a freshman from Gibsonia, Pa.; Amanda Mercado, a junior from Houston, Texas; Nancy Vooys, a senior from Mount Holly Spring, Pa.; and Emily Wivell, a senior from Windsor, Pa.


Bass Clarinet: Janet Berlin, a community member from Huntingdon.

Contrabass Clarinet: Brennan Cornelius, a senior from Orbisonia, Pa.

Alto Saxophone: Kyle Kister, a junior from Somerset, Pa.; Sarah Lipiecki, a junior from Haddonfield, N.J.; and Jason Ward, a sophomore from Hawk Run, Pa.

Tenor Saxophone: Brian Gilbert, a sophomore from Stroudsburg, Pa.

Baritone Saxophone: Principal Saxophone: Chris Cueto, a sophomore from Hagerstown, Md.

Horn: Principal Horn: Stephanie Schmid, a senior from Ellicott City, Md.; Katie Downey, a senior from Warren, Pa.; Dave Dunlap, a community member from Huntingdon; and Jacob Sinclair, a freshman from Mt. Airy, Md.

Trumpet: Principal Trumpet: Melissa King, a senior from Newtown, Conn.; Peter Defnet, a sophomore from Pottstown, Pa.; Katie Downey, a senior from Warren, Pa.; Brandon Leckemby, a sophomore from Somerset, Pa.; Olivia Moody, a senior from Covington, Vt.; and Caroline White, a senior from Chambersburg, Pa.

Trombone: Principal Low Brass: Maggie Burkett, a junior from Granville, Ohio; Joel Canner, a freshman from State College, Pa.; and Jared Flick, a freshman from Richfield, Pa.

Euphonium: Nathan Anderson-Stahl, a freshman from Camp Hill, Pa.

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

Percussion: Nikhil Bhatnagar, a sophomore from Sterling, Va.; Amanda Durofchalk, a senior from Wernersville, Pa.; Alex Gibboney, a community member from Huntingdon; Reinaldo Liem, an international student from Bandung, Indonesia; Silas Robinson, a sophomore from Sinking Spring, Pa.; Stephen Spruell, a freshman from Friedens, Pa.; Melissa Topping, a freshman from Harrisburg, Pa.; and Laura Vannucci, a sophomore from New Fairfield, Conn.

Piano:
Adam Lescallette, a sophomore from Hershey, Pa.

The members of the Raystown Wind Orchestra are:

Flute/Piccolo: Emily Canner a community member from Huntingdon, Pa.; Gretchen Crouse a community member from Mount Union, Pa. Katie Hilands, a junior from Johnstown, Pa.; and Claire Wayman, a senior from Ontario, N.Y.

Oboe: Bridget Canning, a junior from Centre Hall, Pa., and Ben Cossitor, a community member from Tyrone, Pa.

Bassoon: Jody Butte, a lecturer in music at Juniata, and Aaron Thommpson , a community member from Huntingdon, Pa.

Clarinet: Janet Berlin, a community member from Huntingdon; Leandra Glumac, a junior from Munhall, Pa.; Kelly Kofchak, a community member from Williamsburg, Pa.; Garrett Stevens, a community member from Huntingdon County; and Tara Yorke, a mobile educator at Juniata.

Bass Clarinet: Rachel Feagley, a community member from Huntingdon.

Alto Saxophone: Kyle Kister, a junior from Somerset, Pa., and Jeff Puhala, a community member from Mount Union, Pa.

Tenor Saxophone: Phil Loewen, a community member from Huntingdon County.

Baritone Saxophone:
Chris Cueto, a junior from Hagerstown, Md.

Horn: Cindy Brockett, a community member from Huntingdon; Dave Dunlap, a community member from Huntingdon; Kim Reveley-Cohen, a community member from Huntingdon; and Adam Rothstein, a community member from Huntingdon.

Trumpet:‚?®Jordan Canner, a community member from Huntingdon; Richard Kane, a community member from Mount Union Pa.; Brandon Leckemby, a senior from Somerset, Pa.; and Doug Wennick, a community member from Mount Union, Pa.

Trombone: Stephanie Benson, a community member from Huntingdon, and Jared Flick, a freshman from Richfield, Pa.

Tuba: Mike Loewen, a community member from State College, Pa.

Piano: Terry Murray, a community member from Huntingdon.

Percussion: Alex Gibboney, a community member from Huntingdon, and Paul Rayius, a community member from State College, Pa.

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