Keene State Orchestra Performs Concertos and Arias
KEENE, N.H. 4/4/03 - An aria from Mozart’s opera The Marriage of Figaro and concertos by Bach and Mozart will be on the Keene State College Chamber Orchestra’s program on Wednesday, April 23. 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.
Four music students will be featured as soloists in the program of concertos and arias. First-year music student Jenny Beauregard, and sophomores Ashley Crawford, Emily Hemingway, and Allissa Szymcik were chosen to perform on the basis of auditions by external adjudicators. Beauregard, soprano, will sing “Deh vieni, non tardar” from The Marriage of Figaro. Crawford, flute, will play Johann Quantz’s Flute Concerto in G Major. Hemingway, horn, will play Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 3 in E flat major. Szymcik, soprano, will sing “O Mio Babbino Cearo” from Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi.
Graduating senior music majors Leah Kisselbrack, flute, and Sarah Kelly, clarinet, will perform as guest artists. They will play Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins, which they have transcribed for flute and clarinet.
The KSC Chamber Orchestra, composed primarily of KSC students and some community members, will perform the overture to Rosamund by Schubert.
Baldini, KSC artist-in-residence, also conducts the KSC Jazz Ensemble, which will present a “Music of Miles Davis” concert on Wednesday, April 30, 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 Akiyoshi/Lew Tabakin 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.