Morning Performance on March 11 and Evening Show on March 12 Will Feature Students on Stage

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 mid March. A daytime recital is planned for 11 a.m., Thursday, March 11, with an evening performance slated for 8 p.m., Friday, March 12.

In addition to vocal performances, the recital will include musical selections featuring the piano, oboe, bass, guitar and saxophone. In all, 10 SUNY Orange students will perform a variety of arrangements from such composers as Felix Mendelssohn, Johann Bach, George F. Handel, Phil Coulter and Johnny Mercer.

The evening’s playlist includes the following students and performances: vocalist Ashley Heilweil (Goshen, N.Y.), “Ave Maria” by Bach; Rachel Lyons (Bloomingburg, N.Y.), oboe, “Sonata No. 2 – Larghetto and Allegro” by Handel and “Souvenir de Madrid” by Pedro Soler; vocalist Kim Hoeffner (Montgomery, N.Y.), “If With All Your Hearts Ye Truly Seek Me” from “Elijah” by Mendelssohn and “Bist Du Bei Mir” by Bach; Daniel McGroarty (Washingtonville, N.Y.), bass, “Sonata in G minor – Grave and Courante” by Henry Eccles; vocalist Samantha Gillespie (Pine Bush, N.Y.), “Et Exultavit” by Wolfgang A. Mozart and “O mio babbino caro” from “Gianni Schicchi” by Giacomo Puccini; vocalist Michael Delfino (Montgomery, N.Y.), “Remember Me (Recuerdame)” by Coulter; and Randall House (Cuddebackville, N.Y.), saxophone, and Carlton Jay (Montgomery, N.Y.) piano, “Autumn Leaves” by Coulter and “Black Orpheus” by Louis Bonfi.

Guitarist Dennis Coleman (Montgomery, N.Y.) will be joined by Lyons on oboe and pianist Franz Vezuli (Newburgh, N.Y.) in the performance of “Bloom,” a piece written by Coleman. In addition, Delfino and Heilweil will conclude the events with a duet of “Bess, You Is My Woman Now” from “Porgy and Bess” by George Gershwin.

Throughout both shows, musical accompaniment on piano will be provided by Christa Damarais, Ron De Fesi and Gregg Michalak.

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.

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Mike Albright
Communications Officer
115 South Street
Middletown, NY 10940