Keene State Orchestra Performs Concertos and Aria
KEENE, N.H. 4/2/02 - An aria from Puccini’s opera “La Boheme” and concertos by Beethoven and Mozart will be on the Keene State College Chamber Orchestra’s program on Friday, April 26. Don Baldini will conduct the 36-member orchestra during the concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Alumni Recital Hall of the Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond. Tickets are $7 for the general public and $5 for KSC students, senior citizens, and youth 17 and under. Call the box office at 603-358-2168.
Five music students will be featured as soloists in the program of concertos and arias. Concertos are orchestral compositions for one or more solo instruments, usually in three movements. Arias are solo vocal pieces with instrumental accompaniment, as in an opera.
Jung Jin Choi, soprano, will sing an aria from “La Boheme” by Italian composer Giacomo Puccini. Sarah Kelly, clarinet, will play “Variations on a Theme” by Gioachino Rossini and Logan Gabriel, guitar, will perform a concerto by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. Leah Kisselbrack, flute, will play W.A. Mozart’s Flute Concerto No. 1 and Dan Klink, piano, will perform Beethoven’s third piano concerto.
The KSC Chamber Orchestra is composed primarily of KSC students and includes some community members. Baldini also conducts the KSC Jazz Ensemble, which will present a concert of “Music from the Movies” on Wednesday, May 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Redfern Arts Center.
Baldini came to Keene State after a professional career as a studio musician in Los Angeles. He appeared for 13 years with The Tonight Show Orchestra and toured with Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis, Peggy Lee, and the Harry James and Toshiko-Akyoshi/Lew Tabakkin bands. He currently performs with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, the Dartmouth Symphony, Opera North, the Keene Chamber Orchestra, and several local chamber music and jazz groups. Baldini, who lives in Saxtons River, Vt., also teaches at Dartmouth College.