Special GNSO “Concert of Concertos”
To Be Held Saturday
The Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra (GNSO) is performing a special concert on Saturday, February 1 at 4:00 pm at Aquinas Hall on the Mount Saint Mary College campus in Newburgh. This “Concert of Concertos,” under the direction of Maestro Russell Ger, will feature the works of composing giants Mozart, Beethoven and Prokofiev performed by three soloists accompanied by the GNSO orchestra. “A concerto is any piece for solo instrumentalist and orchestra and usually consists of three movements,” said Maestro Ger. “One of the hallmarks of a concerto is the dialogue between the group (orchestra) and the individual (soloist). Sometimes it is cooperative, sometimes competitive and sometimes an outright confrontation,” he noted. This special concert represents the second year of a unique partnership between the GNSO and Moxart, Inc., a Philadelphia-area non-profit organization.
“Concert of Concertos” Will Feature Three Soloists
Alan Murray has appeared extensively in solo and chamber music recitals and as concerto soloist in over 20 concertos in recent years – including this spring’s engagements – by Bartók, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Dvorak, Liszt, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, Ravel, Saint-Saëns, Scriabin and Tchaikovsky. Alan is also founder and artistic director of the Westchester Chamber Soloists,
June Wu, pianist, has performed in New York, Philadelphia, Paris, Bayreuth, Moscow, Shanghai, and Cape Town. Recent highlights include a performance of Chopin’s first piano concerto with the Penn Symphony Orchestra, and Tchaikovsky’s first piano concerto with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra and the Newark Symphony Orchestra in Delaware. She has given several performances at Carnegie Hall’s as well as a featured soloist with the Orchestre-Atelier Ostinato and Orchestre de la Garde Républicaine in Paris and the Rochester, Birmingham-Bloomfield, Dearborn, and Warren Symphony Orchestras as well as the Detroit Symphony Civic Philharmonia in Michigan.
Alan Schaffer began playing clarinet at age 10. In high school he studied under Eugene Timpano, performing the Weber Concertino and the third movement of the Mozart Concerto with the high school orchestra. Alan received a BSE degree from Duke University in 1982, where he studied under Jimmy Gilmore, the principal clarinetist of the North Carolina Symphony. Alan has participated in the Alaria Chamber Ensemble Sonata Class for the past 10 years, having performed all the major Sonatas and most of the major chamber works. Most recently he performed Concerto A Tre by Ingolf Dahl. He has also been a regular participant in the New York City Bar Association Chamber Music concert series. For the past 3 summers, Alan has attended the summer chamber music program in Bennington, VT, and in the summer of 2019, he participated in the World Adult Wind Orchestra Project in Schladming, Austria.
Call 845/913-7157 or visit www.newburghsymphony.org. Students are admitted free to Open seating.