Jeanmarie Chenette and Bonnie Ham to Solo During Mozart Concerto; Brahms and Rossini Works Also on Tap

PHOTO: Jeanmarie Chenette and Bonnie HamMIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- Soloists Jeanmarie Chenette (left in photo) and Bonnie Ham will perform harp and flute, respectively, when the SUNY Orange Community Orchestra showcases Wolfgang Mozart’s “Concerto in C Major for Flute, Harp and Orchestra” during the orchestra’s upcoming Spring Concert at 8 p.m., Saturday, May 4 in Middletown’s Paramount Theatre.

To round out the evening’s program, the orchestra will also feature performances of Gioacchino Rossini’s overture to “La Gazza Ladra” and Johnanes Brahms’ “Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68.” The concert is sponsored by the College’s Arts and Communication Department. General admission is $5. SUNY Orange Students with a current ID and active military personnel will be admitted free.

Chenette has been the featured performer in concerts sponsored by the Hudson Valley’s Con Brio, Iowa Arts Council, Great Lakes Harpers, and Orchestra Iowa, where she held the principal harp position for 13 years. Chenette is a founding member of New Prairie Camerata, a group dedicated to performing chamber music in historically and architecturally significant spaces.

A dedicated teacher and composer of pedagogical harp works, Chenette has seen her ensemble arrangements and solo collections, published through Prairie Harp Music, featured at harp gatherings nationwide, most recently at the 2012 Young Artists Harp Seminar. She has been appointed to the faculty at Iowa State University, Grinnell College and SUNY Dutchess.

Ham is principal flutist with the Bergen Symphony and second flute with the Greater Newburgh Symphony. She served as a faculty member in the music departments of Marist College and SUNY Dutchess until 2011, and currently teaches flute privately. Ham has won many awards and competitions, including the Myrna Brown Competition in Texas, the Mid-South Young Artist in Tennessee, and Flute Society of Kentucky Young Artist award.

She was also chosen as a participant in the National Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition for two consecutive years. Ham holds a Master of Music and Artist’s Diploma from the Royal Northern College of Music in England, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Louisville. She has studied under such noted teachers as Peter Lloyd (London Symphony), Trudy Kane (Metropolitan Opera) and Judith Mendenhall (American Ballet Orchestra).

The SUNY Orange Community Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Hilarie Clark Moore, is comprised of students and members of the community. The Paramount Theatre, located at 17 South St. in Middletown, is universally accessible.

The College’s Arts and Communication Department is will also sponsor a concert by the The SUNY Orange Chamber Ensemble at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 5 in Morrison Hall on the College’s Middletown campus. The program will include Charles-Francois Gounod’s “Petite Symphonie,” Franz Schubert’s “String Quintet in C Major, Op. 163” and Michael Haydn’s “Divertimento for Viola, Cello, and Double Bass.” Admission is free.

For more information, contact the Arts and Communication Department at (845) 341-4787. For updates on all cultural and artistic events at SUNY Orange, visit “The Arts at SUNY Orange” Facebook page.


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Mike Albright
Communications Officer
115 South Street
Middletown, NY 10940