Concerto/Aria Contest Winners Jared Silbernagel (French Horn) and Nathan Sander (Piano) to Perform Solos

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – Local Warwick Valley High School musicians Jared Silbernagel (French horn) and Nathan Sander (piano), selected as winners of SUNY Orange Community Orchestra’s 12th annual Concerto/Aria Contest, will perform solos during the orchestra’s upcoming winter concert slated for 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 22 at the Paramount Theatre in Middletown.

Jared SilbernagelSilbernagel, a senior at Warwick Valley High School, will perform Wolfgang Mozart’s “Horn Concerto, No. 2 in E flat, K. 417.” Sander, a junior, will perform Mozart’s “Piano Concerto No. 12 in A Major, K. 414.” The remainder of the evening program includes “Prelude to Hänsel and Gretel” by Engelbert Humperdinck, “Classical Symphony, Op. 25” by Sergei Prokofiev and “Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor” by Alexander Borodin.

The Concerto-Aria Contest is designed to provide a featured musical performance opportunity for outstanding young instrumentalists and vocalists from within Orange County. The orchestra is under the direction of Dr. Hilarie Clark Moore. Admission is $5, with active duty military personnel and SUNY Orange students admitted for free.

Silbernagel, who began playing guitar and piano in the second grade, has studied French horn with Keith Riddick for seven years. Currently he studies with Peter Reit, horn teacher at SUNY Purchase. Silbernagel performs with the WVHS Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band. He was selected to perform as principle hornist in the All-State Symphonic Band and Symphony Orchestra in 2012 and 2013 respectively. He has also participated in the area All-State Music Festival since 2010, All-County Music Festival since 2006 and All-County Jazz Ensemble (guitar) since 2010.

During the summers of 2012 and 2013, Silbernagel had the opportunity to work with musicians from the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra in the New York State Summer School of the Arts, School of Orchestral Studies program. He has performed with many community based ensembles like the SUNY Orange Community Orchestra, the SUNY Orange Symphonic Band, the North Jersey Concert Band and the Saint Stephen’s Brass Ensemble.

SanderSander began playing piano at the age of 5. Self-taught until the age of 13, Sander now studies with Dr. David Crone. Sander has played piano in more than 10 musicals in the area, and has accompanied the Warwick Middle School and High School choruses for the past four years. He performs with the WVHS jazz band and at venues throughout the Hudson Valley. Sander won the Woody Herman Jazz Award and was named Best Soloist at the Music in the Parks Festival. He spent the past two summers at the New York State Summer Music Festival at SUNY Oneonta, studying under Brenda Earle as well as participating in Jazz Choir, Jazz Combos, Symphony and Chamber Orchestras.

Sander also plays trumpet in the WVHS Wind Ensemble. On trumpet, he has performed in numerous All County festivals as well as with the SUNY Orange Community Orchestra last fall. A high honor roll student and a member of the National Honor Society, Sander is also an accomplished track and field athlete in the shot put.

For additional information on the concert or the orchestra, contact the SUNY Orange Arts and Communication Department at (845) 341-4787. In case of inclement weather, the College has established 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 23 as the snow date for the concert. The Paramount Theatre is universally accessible.

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Mike Albright
Communications Officer
115 South Street
Middletown, NY 10940