SUNY Orange Community Ensemble to Feature Music of Mozart, Berlioz, Copland and Mendelssohn on Nov. 12

PHOTO: Kathryn TateMIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – Mezzo-soprano soloist Kathryn Alicia Tate (right) will join the SUNY Orange Community Orchestra for Aaron Copland’s “Old American Songs, Set I” when the orchestra opens its 14th season at 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 12 at Middletown’s historic Paramount Theatre.

The orchestra’s 2011-12 debut concert will take music lovers along on a musical journey featuring the music of such noted composers as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Hector Berlioz and Felix Mendelssohn, in addition to Copland. Admission is $5. SUNY Orange students with a current ID and active military personnel will be admitted free.

Tate’s luscious voice, expressive musicianship, and powerful stage presence will delight audience members as she whisks them back to 1800s America in Copland’s songs. A familiar presence throughout New York and New Jersey, Tate’s musical credentials include performances and roles with the Hudson Opera Theatre, a one-woman cabaret for the opening of the Rodin Exhibition at the Knoxville (Tenn.) Museum of Art; the Indianapolis American Cabaret Theatre; and recently the Summer Concert Series at Eastman School of Music.

The evening program will also include Mozart’s overture to “Don Giovanni,” a short instrumental interlude from the opening of Act IV of Berlioz’s opera “Les Troyens” and Mendelssohn’s “Symphony No. 4 in A, Op. 90” also known at the “Italian Symphony.”

“It is truly miraculous the power of music to transport audiences and musicians to faraway places. Composers can craft their works to offer a glimpse of a specific geographical location or perhaps give a taste of a different culture,” says Hilarie Clark Moore, orchestra conductor and SUNY Orange professor. “Sometimes music can even offer us a glimpse of places that we would best avoid, like Hell portrayed in the opening chords of Mozart’s opera, ‘Don Giovanni.’”

For more information, contact the Arts and Communication Department at (845) 341-4787.


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