Noted Violinist to Perform Mendelssohn Concerto; Event Will Also Feature Works by Beethoven and Saint-Saëns

PHOTO: Nicholas SzucsMIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- Nationally renowned violinist Nicholas Szucs will add his artistic flair and virtuosity to Felix Mensdelssohn’s “Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64” when the SUNY Orange Community Orchestra concludes its 14th season May 5 with an 8 p.m. concert at Middletown’s historic Paramount Theatre.

Szucs has worked with symphonies all over the United States, including the Dallas Opera, Shreveport Symphony, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Albany Symphony and Syracuse Symphony. He served as concertmaster for the Fort Smith Symphony, East Texas Symphony, Garland Symphony and Monmouth Symphony. In 2005 he participated in the Festival Orchestra in Jimena del la Frontera, Spain.

A product of the Manhattan School of Music and a graduate of Montclair State University, Szucs has also performed as a chamber musician with the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival Orchestra and has been concertmaster of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra. He has also been a member of the Norwalk Symphony and Key West Symphony.

In addition to his career as a symphonic violinist, Szucs also performs regularly as a recitalist and soloist. In January 2007, he performed a complete unaccompanied solo recital at Wesley Hall in Montgomery, N.Y., which included works by Bach, Ysaiøe, and Paganini. He has also performed with the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Cortlandt Chamber Orchestra and the Northern Westchester Symphony Orchestra.

The SUNY Orange Community Orchestra is under the direction of Dr. Hilarie Clark Moore. In addition to the Mendelssohn concerto, the May 5 musical program will open with Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Overture to Egmont, Op. 84” and will close with Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Symphony No. 3, Op. 78 (“Organ”). The orchestra’s performance of the Saint-Saëns symphony will feature the Paramount’s Might Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe organ. Built in 1923, the organ is owned and maintained by the New York Theatre Organ Society (NYTOS) and is on permanent loan to the theatre.

Admission to the concert is $5. Active duty military personnel and students with a valid SUNY Orange identification will be admitted free. For additional information on the concert or the orchestra, contact the SUNY Orange Arts and Communication Department at (845) 341-4787. The Paramount Theatre, located at 17 South St. in Middletown, is universally accessible.

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Mike Albright
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