SUNY Orange Ensemble to Welcome Larrabee for Nov. 3 Concert at Middletown’s Paramount Theatre

PHOTO: Neal LarrabeeMIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- Renowned pianist Neal Larrabee, who has performed in such major music centers as New York City, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Buenos Aires, Berlin, Warsaw and Moscow, will join the SUNY Orange Community Orchestra for its upcoming concert slated for 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 3 at Middletown’s Paramount Theatre.

Larrabee will perform Frédéric Chopin’s “Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor.” The orchestra will also feature César Franck’s “Symphony in D minor, Op. 48” on the evening’s program.

Larrabee’s appearances as recitalist and as soloist with orchestras have won critical acclaim. He has toured in Germany, Russia, Poland, Romania, the former Yugoslavia, Argentina and Brazil. In Poland, Larrabee has become a well-known favorite of the concert-going public. There, his highly regarded interpretations of Chopin have led to recordings, national broadcasts on television and radio, and engagements in virtually every major concert hall.

Awarded a Fulbright grant for study at the Moscow Conservatory under Stanislav Neuhaus, Larrabee became the first American pianist to study in the former Soviet Union under official government sponsorship. He also studied with Eugene List at the Eastman School of Music and with Rosina Lhevinne and Martin Canin at the Juilliard School, where he was awarded the Josef Lhevinne Scholarship.

Larrabee won honors in the Fifth International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and the Ninth International Chopin Competition in Warsaw. As winner of the Young Musician's Foundation Competition in Los Angeles, he was the only musician to receive the Arthur Rubinstein medal.

The San Francisco Chronicle once characterized a Larrabee performance by stating, “There was magic. Clearly, this is a major virtuoso.” The Los Angeles Times has touted Larrabee as “a strong dynamic pianist with a sense of purpose.”

During his appearance at the Paramount, Larrabee will be performing on a Steinway piano thanks to the generosity of the Hudson Valley Performing Arts Foundation. The Foundation provided the SUNY Orange Community Orchestra with a grant to fund the rental and transportation of the piano to the Paramount.

The SUNY Orange Community Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Hilarie Clark Moore, is comprised of students and members of the community.

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. The Paramount Theatre, located at 17 South St. in Middletown, is universally accessible. 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