Ensemble Performance Themed “Water’s Ho!” Commemorates Hudson River Quadricentennial Celebration

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – The SUNY Orange Symphonic Band will conduct its own musical salute to the quadricentennial celebration of the historic voyages of Henry Hudson and Samuel de Champlain during its upcoming Fall concert, set for 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 23 at Middletown’s Paramount Theatre, 17 South St.

The concert, under the theme of “Waters Ho!” will include a featured performance of George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” commissioned by Paul Whiteman for his Aeolian Hall concert in February 1924. Dr. Tammy Lum, professor of music at Nyack College, will be the guest soloist for “Rhapsody in Blue,” performing an arrangement by Merle Patterson that will be receiving its first performance in this region.

The concert will also feature Joseph Wilcox Jenkins’ “American Overture,” Jared Cowing’s “Flight Through the Valley,” William Schuman’s “George Washington Bridge,” Ralph Hermann’s “North Sea Overture,” Pierre LaPlante’s “American Riversongs,” and John Philip Sousa’s “Humoresque on George Gershwin's ‘Swanee.’” The Symphonic Band, under the direction of Kevin Scott, is comprised of SUNY Orange students and members of the community. Admission is $5. SUNY Orange students will be admitted free with valid College identification.

PHOTO: Dr. Tammy LumLum (right) has appeared as a soloist with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and Hong Kong Philharmonic, Augusta (Ga.) Symphony Orchestra and the Sarah Lawrence Symphony. She has performed solo recitals at Alice Tully Hall, the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series in Chicago, La Salle Cortot in Paris and City Hall Theatres in Hong Kong. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from the Eastman School of Music, has participated in the Professional Studies Program at The Juilliard School, and received her doctor of musical arts degree from the Manhattan School of Music. She is also the founder of the annual “Hudson River Pianofest.”

She has recorded several CDs and has been a winner in several international competitions, including the Leschetizky Foundation Competition (1990), the Mieczyslaw Munz Foundation Scholarship Competition (1988), the New Orleans International Piano Competition (1995) and the Young Keyboard Artists Association (1985).

The concert is sponsored by the College’s Arts and Communication Department. For more information, call (845) 341-4787 or 341-4393. Community members interested in auditioning for the band should contact Scott via the Arts and Communication Department.

The band will return to the Paramount Theatre for a holiday concert at 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 12.

photo by Whitney Lane

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Mike Albright
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Middletown, NY 10940