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ASO Highlights New Faces, Old Favorites

February 05, 2014

The Alma Symphony Orchestra will perform the world premiere of “Sono Forte Adesso,” which translates as “I am strong now,” a work for string orchestra by Kamryn Kurtzner, an Alma College senior from Gaylord.

The Alma Symphony Orchestra will showcase talented Alma College students as performers, conductors and composers with a mid-winter program that features works by familiar composers — and a world premiere.

The concert begins at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16 in the Remick Heritage Center at Alma College. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors 62 and up, and free for Alma College staff, students and youth 18 and under. Seating is reserved. Call (989) 463-7304 for ticket information.

“The theme of this concert is young talent as we will feature as soloists the winners of our student concerto competition,” says Murray Gross, director of the Alma Symphony Orchestra. “Overall, the program will cover a lot of chronological territory, from a world premiere all the way back to Vivaldi and baroque music, and everything in between.”

The program will begin with a lively “Slavonic Dance” by Antonin Dvorak and end with Steven Karidoyances’ “Café Neon: Fantasy on Greek Songs and Dances” that has a “big ending.”

Featured Alma College student soloists include West Branch junior Samantha Grace in Cecile Chaminade’s “Concertino for Flute,” Greenville senior Jacob Schmeltzer and Mason senior Kirstyn Baker in Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Trumpets, Jackson senior Alex Hegedus in Richard Strauss’ Horn Concerto No. 1, and Lansing senior Marcus Alston in Carl Maria von Weber’s Clarinet Concerto No. 1.

The ASO also will perform the world premiere of “Sono Forte Adesso,” which translates as “I am strong now,” a work for string orchestra by Kamryn Kurtzner, an Alma College senior from Gaylord.

In addition, Alma College student guest conductors Grace, Schmeltzer, Negaunee senior Jamie Dunn and White Lake senior Branden Listh will alternate at the podium for William Alwyn’s “Suite of Scottish Dances.”

“This series of seven Scottish dances is very melodic, tuneful and Scottish sounding,” says Gross. “The student conductors are members of my advance conducting class. They will be alternating on the podium to direct the various movements of the piece.”

The concert promises to appeal to the whole family, says Gross.

“Children will enjoy this concert; no piece is very long, and it has the visual interest of different soloists and conductors,” he says. “If you want to see talented young soloists and musicians, this is the concert to attend.”

Following the Feb. 16 performance, the ASO will return to the Heritage Center stage to perform portions of the program during a pair of 40-minute children’s concerts at 9 and 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18. Students from local elementary schools will attend the special performances.

The approximately 80-member Alma Symphony Orchestra includes a mix of professional musicians from the mid-Michigan area and Alma College student-performers.

 

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