Concerto/Aria Competition Winner Rachel Conklin to Perform as Orchestra Plays Historic Theater

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – Washingtonville violinist Rachel Conklin, winner of SUNY Orange’s Fifth Annual Concerto/Aria Competition, will perform with the College’s Community Orchestra during the group’s debut concert at Middletown’s Paramount Theater on Sunday, May 6. The concert will begin at 3 p.m.

Music by Brahms, Bruch, Fauré and Prokofiev will be featured, as will the performance of Conklin, a home-schooled high school freshman who currently studies music with Elle Kang in New York City. Conklin’s previous teachers include Karner Warner, Cheryl Blumental and Andrew Zaplatynski. She has attended Eastern U.S. Music Camp, Hartwick College Summer Music Festival, and the Credo Chamber Music program at Oberlin Conservatory. Conklin has also been concert mistress for OCMEA All County Music Festivals and for the Allegro Orchestra Baroque Ensemble.

The 56-piece orchestra includes SUNY Orange students and community musicians from throughout Orange County, under the direction of Dr. Hilarie Clark Moore. The concert will open with a pair of contrasting late 19th-century pieces, Brahms’s “Tragic Overture, Op. 81” and Fauré’s “Pavanne, Op. 50.” Conklin will follow with another 19th century piece, Bruch’s “Violin Concerto No. 1.”

The concert closes with Prokofiev’s “Classical Symphony, Op. 25,” a piece that continually delights audiences with his innovative 20th century writing combined with the conformity to the “classical” forms established by Joseph Haydn.

Admission to the concert will be $5. For additional information, please contact the Arts and Communication Department at 341-4787. The Paramount Theater is universally accessible.

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Mike Albright
Communications Officer
115 South Street
Middletown, NY 10940