Concert at Paramount Theatre Will Showcase Vocalist and Violist Chosen as Winners of Seventh Annual Concerto/Aria Contest

PHOTO: Justin RandolphMIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – SUNY Orange student Justin Randolph (right) and Monroe-Woodbury High School senior Stephen Gorgone (below), winners of the College’s seventh annual Concerto/Aria Contest, will be the featured soloists during the SUNY Orange Community Orchestra concert at 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 28 in Middletown’s historic Paramount Theatre.

Under the direction of Dr. Hilarie Clark Moore, the orchestra will perform the overture to “Die Zauberflöte” (Magic Flute) by W.A. Mozart, “Torna, Vezzosa fillide” by Vincenzo Bellini; the first movement of the “Concerto in D Major, Op. 1 for Viola and Orchestra,” by Carl Stamitz; and “The 1812 Overture” by Peter Tchaikovsky.

Bellini’s “Torna, Vezzosa fillide,” arranged for orchestra by Ron DeFesi, features Randolph (tenor) while Gorgone is the viola soloist for the first movement of the Stamitz.

Randolph is a Music Performance major at SUNY Orange, where he performs with the Concert Choir and Madrigal Singers. He played tuba throughout middle school and high school. Randolph began to sing in various school vocal groups while attending Middletown High School.

During his time at SUNY Orange, Randolph has been invited to perform with the Hudson Opera Theatre, appearing as the shepherd in “Tosca” and as Gastone in “La Traviata.” His stage credits also include a pair of SummerStar Theatre roles: playing Henrik in “A Little Night Music” and the minister in “A New Brain.” Randolph currently studies with DeFesi and will be auditioning for major conservatories later this year.

PHOTO: Stephen GorgoneGorgone has studied viola for more than eight years under the private direction of Emily Faxon and Noriko Herndon. In addition, he has studied piano for the past six years under the tutelage of Celia Herman and Ron Johnson. Gorgone performs with a variety of Monroe-Woodbury High School groups, including Chamber Orchestra (principal violist), Voice Ensemble (bass and piano accompanist), Strolling Strings, Pit Orchestra, and Chamber Winds.

He is the principal violist for the SUNY Orange Community Orchestra and also performs with the College’s Chamber Ensemble as a violist and pianist. Gorgone has been selected to perform with numerous music festivals including all-county, area all-state, all-state and has been invited to participate in the All-Eastern Orchestra slated for March in Providence, R.I.

Gorgone was this year’s instrumental recipient of the OCMEA Scholarship, performing a solo at the All-County Festival in January. During the past three summers, he has attended the New York Summer Music Festival at SUNY Oneonta. He plans to pursue a double degree in viola performance and either mathematics or physics.

General admission to the Feb. 28 concert is $5. For additional information, contact the Arts and Communication Department at (845) 341-4787. The Paramount Theatre is universally accessible.

SUNY Orange students, as well as Orange County high school students, are eligible for the concerto/aria contest, designed to provide a featured musical performance opportunity for outstanding young instrumentalists and vocalists from within Orange County. Details regarding the College’s eighth annual contest will be released this coming fall. Application deadline will be Dec. 15, 2009 and auditions will take place in January 2010. Contact the SUNY Orange Arts and Communication Department or any of the Orange County high school chorus, band or orchestra directors for more information.

Previous winners of the contest include:

2008 James Rose (Warwick Valley H.S.), trumpet
2007 Rachel Conklin (home schooled, Washingtonville), violin
2006 Clare Herceg (Warwick Valley H.S.), flute; Emily Moore (Warwick Valley H.S.), viola
2005 Lucie Jaronowski (Monroe-Woodbury H.S.), violin; Tim Takagi (Middletown H.S.), French horn
2004 George Courtsunis (Newburgh Free Academy), piano; Radhika Shah (Warwick Valley H.S.), violin
2003 Sarah Tusch (Monroe-Woodbury H.S.), violin; Valentina Ponochovnaya (SUNY Orange), piano

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