Brockport Symphony Orchestra presents “Soloist Showcase” concert

By on April 23, 2018

The Brockport Symphony Orchestra will present its “Soloist Showcase” Concert on Sunday, April 29, 4 p.m. in the historic sanctuary at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 14 State Street in the Village of Brockport. Admission and parking are free, and canned items for the Brockport Ecumenical Food Shelf and donations for the Orchestra, St. Luke’s, and the Food Shelf will be gratefully accepted at the door.

Directed by Jonathan Allentoff, this concert will feature concertmaster Jaesun Han, principal flute Melissa Szurgyi, vocalist Mary Wojciechowski, and guest composer and pianist Emmanuel Sikora.

Han, who has appeared as a soloist, ensemble performer and recording artist in South Korea, Russia, Israel, Thailand, Japan, Taiwan and the United States, will perform the Allegro movement from Mozart’s “Violin Concerto No. 4.” Szurgyi, a senior at The College at Brockport who received the 2018 SUNY Chancellor’s Award, will perform “A Dutch Idyll” for flute and orchestra by Louis M. Gottschalk. Recently featured as soloist at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival and the Corning Museum of Glass, Wojciechowski will sing Gustav Mahler’s “Liebst du um Schönheit,” “Around the World in 80 Days” by Victor Young and Harold Adamson, and “How Are Things in Glocca Morra?” from “Finian’s Rainbow” by Burton Lane and E. Y. Harburg.

The orchestra will perform the world premiere of Sikora’s “Three Prom Dances,” which he composed for the Brockport Symphony Orchestra. A graduate of Binghamton University and the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, Sikora’s works were recently performed and recorded by the Lviv Philharmonic in Lviv, Ukraine, and have been broadcast on radio and television.

The program also includes Tomaso Albinoni’s “Sinfonia in C Major” and the theme from “Beauty and the Beast” by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman.

There will be a complimentary dessert reception in Parish Hall following the performance.

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and administered by the Genesee Valley Council on the Arts, a member supported organization. For additional information, visit www.brockportsymphony.org.

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