Orchestra will Welcome Soloists Rachel Crozier (violin) and Piotr Kargul (viola)

PHOTO: Kargul and CrozierMIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- Violinist Rachel Crozier and violist Piotr Kargul will perform Mozart’s “Sinfonia Concertante K. 364” with the SUNY Orange Community Orchestra on Saturday, Nov. 14 at Middletown's Paramount Theatre.

In addition to the Mozart composition, the community orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Hilarie Clark Moore, will perform Jean Sibelius’ “Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43.” The concert, which kicks off the community orchestra’s 19th season, will begin at 7:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $10 with SUNY Orange students and active duty military personnel admitted for free.

From her private studio in Monroe, as well as the Green Meadow Waldorf School in Chestnut Ridge, Crozier teaches students from the young beginner through advanced repertoire. As an orchestral musician, she has performed with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Esopus Chamber Orchestra, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Hudson Opera Theatre, and the Taconic Opera. She serves as concertmaster of the Delaware Valley Opera.

In addition to playing with Amaranthus Ensemble, she enjoys performing as a chamber musician and recitalist throughout the region. Crozier performed from 2006-08 with Chamber Music Charleston, where she was a member of the Artistic Committee.

Crozier (at right in photo) began playing the violin at the age of 8 and was enrolled in Temple University’s Center for Gifted Young Musicians. She continued her studies at The Juilliard School and learned under such renowned teachers as Stephen Clapp, Joey Corpus, Estelle Kerner and Xiao-fu Zhou.

Born in Poland, Kargul was raised in a family with musical traditions, which he continues as a soloist and active chamber and orchestral musician. At the age of 8, Kargul first began taking violin lessons. Several years later, he began to show a greater interest in playing the viola, which eventually became the instrument of his passion.

He studied at the Music Academy in Poznań, Poland, where he earned his Master of Arts Degree in Viola Performance. Kargul also participated in a variety of viola master classes throughout the United States and abroad. He has performed with the International European Youth Orchestra, the Poznań Philharmonic, the Polish Philharmonic Sinfonia Baltica, and other orchestras and ensembles throughout Poland, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg and France.

He, too, plays with Amaranthus Ensemble, and is the violist of Hudson Pro Musica, and the Hudson Valley String Quartet. He is also a member of the Adelphi Orchestra, Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra, Hudson Opera Theatre, and Delaware Valley Opera.

The SUNY Orange Community Orchestra is comprised of students and members of the community. The Paramount Theatre, located at 17 South St. in Middletown, is universally accessible. The concert is sponsored by the College’s Arts and Communication Department. For more information, call (845) 341-4787.

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Mike Albright
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Middletown, NY 10940