SUNY Orange Students to Perform Variety of Musical and Vocal Arrangements

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – Students from SUNY Orange’s Arts and Communication Department will hold a pair of music recitals in the College’s Orange Hall Theatre in late March. A daytime recital is planned for 11 a.m., Thursday, March 26, with an evening performance slated for 8 p.m., Friday, March 27.

In addition to vocal performances, the recital will include musical selections featuring the piano, oboe, bass clarinet and guitar. In all, eight SUNY Orange students will perform. This student recital is the first that the College has hosted in many years. Typically scheduled each semester, all recent recitals have been cancelled, but this spring’s event has become possible thanks to renewed interested from the students along with a recent influx of talented performers, according to Mark Strunsky, chair of the Arts and Communication Department.

The recital lineup includes the following students and performances: Angie Selfridge (Plattekill, N.Y.) on piano, first movement “Sonata No. 42 in G Major” by Joseph Haydn; Rachel Lyons (Bloomingburg, N.Y.), oboe, first and second movements “Sonata No. 3 in F Major” by George F. Handel; vocalist Christine Tyler (Warwick, N.Y.), “Frühlingslied” by Franz Schubert and “Nature Boy” by Eden Abbez; Michael Barbarino (Port Jervis, N.Y.); bass clarinet, “Ballade” by Eugene Bozza; Joy Zelada (Newburgh, N.Y.), guitar, “Prelude No. 1” by Hector Villa Lobos and “Mood for a Day” by Steve Howe; vocalist Justin Randolph (Middletown, N.Y.), “O del mio amato ben” by Stefano Donandy; Kelsey Byrne (Warwick, N.Y.), piano, “Long Ago and Far Away” by George Gershwin and “Autumn in New York” by Vernon Duke; and Carlton Jay (Montgomery, N.Y.), piano, “The Shadow of Your Smile” by Webster and Mandel, and “Autumn Leaves” by Kosma and Mercer.

The recital’s final performance will feature Byrne’s vocal performance of “Body and Soul” by Diana Krall, accompanied by Jay on the piano.

Barbarino will accompany Lyons’ “Sonata No. 3 in F Major” and Christa Damaris will accompany Barbarino’s “Ballade” rendition. Junotte Odom will accompany both of Tyler’s performances.

Admission to both recitals is free, although donations will be accepted for the College’s musical scholarship fund. For more information, contact the Arts and Communication Department at (845) 341-4787. Orange Hall is located at the intersections of Wawayanda and Grandview avenues in Middletown. Orange Hall Theatre is universally accessible.

PHOTO: Student musicians (L-R) Carlton Jay, Kelsey Byrne, Joy Zelada

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Mike Albright
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