College’s Symphonic Band, Community Orchestra and Choir to Offer Concerts on Weekend of May 7-9

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – The musical diversity of SUNY Orange’s performance ensembles will be on display May 7-9 as the College’s symphonic band, community orchestra and choir combine for a weekend of music that will feature three concerts in three days.

The symphonic band, under the direction of Kevin Scott, will kick off the busy weekend with an 8 p.m. concert Friday, May 7 at Middletown’s historic Paramount Theatre, located at 17 South St. The SUNY Orange Community Orchestra, led by Hilarie Clark Moore, will grace that same Paramount stage the following evening, performing at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 8. The weekend concludes on Sunday, May 9 as the SUNY Orange Choir and Madrigal Singers, guided by Christa Damaris, offers its annual Mother’s Day Choral Concert at 3 p.m. in the College’s Orange Hall Theatre.

The band will perform a program of music by American composers inspired by the architecture and music of the Renaissance era. The band’s featured offerings will be Martin Mailman’s “Liturgical Music” composed in 1963; Norman Dello Joio’s “Scenes from The Louvre,” a suite of music compiled from incidental music used in an Emmy-winning documentary produced by NBC in 1964; and Robert Russell Bennett’s symphonic scenario of Richard Rodgers’ “The Sound of Music.”

The concert also includes Frank Erickson’s “Toccata for Band,” Michael Colgrass’ “Old Churches,” and Vaclav Nelhybel’s “Prelude and Fugue.” The performance of Mailman's "Liturgical Music," will be played in memory of Jill DeJong, who was a member of the band when Scott assumed directorship in 2006.

The musical program for Saturday’s orchestra concert is designed to delight the musical senses of the young and the young-at-heart. Romantic French and Russian composers from the mid- to late-19th Century will be featured. Musical selections will include “Poet and Peasant Overture” by Franz von Suppé, “The Snow Maiden Suite” by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Ballet Music from “Faust” by Charles Gounod, and “A Night on Bald Mountain,” by Modest Mussorgsky.

The SUNY Orange Choir and Madrigal Singers cap the weekend with its annual Mother’s Day Concert, a musical tradition at the College that dates to the early 1950s, shortly after Orange County Community College was founded.

Included among the featured selections in this year’s program are Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “La Clemenza De Tito” and Sir John Rutter’s “Seeds Grow to Plants,” along with Lionel Bart’s “Oliver” and Giuseppe Verdi’s “Nabucco.” Music by William Byrd, P.D.Q. Bach (aka Peter Schickele) and R. Vaughan Williams will round out the afternoon.

SUNY Orange’s band, orchestra and choir are comprised of students and community members. All three concerts are sponsored by the College’s Arts and Communications Department. General admission to the band and orchestra concerts is $5, with active-duty military personnel admitted free. SUNY Orange students are also admitted free, with a valid and current student ID. Admission to the Mother’s Day concert is free, although donations to SUNY Orange’s music scholarship fund will be accepted.

For more information, contact the Arts and Communication Office at (845) 341-4787. Both the Paramount Theatre and Orange Hall Theatre are universally accessible. Orange Hall Theatre is in Orange Hall, located at the intersection of Grandview and Wawayanda avenues in Middletown.

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Mike Albright
Communications Officer
115 South Street
Middletown, NY 10940