Festival Orchestra Concert
A high-caliber evening of music featuring student soloists performing in front of a seasoned professional orchestra conducted by Dr. Matthew George
Date & Time:
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Baumgaertner Auditorium, Brady Educational Center
The program will feature student soloists who were chosen to be included in the Festival Orchestra program through a competitive process – only a small number are accepted each year.
Colas Breugnon Overture, Op. 24...Dmitri Kabalevsky
Deh vieni, non tardar from The Marriage of Figaro...Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Teresa Wolfgram, soloist, is a senior at the University of St. Thomas pursuing a Bachelor of Arts, with a Vocal emphasis. At St. Thomas, Teresa has been involved in Liturgical Choir, Schola Cantorum, and is currently a member of the UST Chamber Singers and Festival Choir. She studies voice with Dr. Debora Capener.
Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K. 622...Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Daniel Georgakopoulos, soloist, is a junior at the University of St. Thomas. He is currently majoring in Music Performance and Music Education, and minoring in Recording Arts and Composition. He has also been on the Dean’s List for five consecutive semesters. As a member of the St. Thomas Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Daniel has had the chance to participate in performances premiering the works of several famous composers including Shamir Tandon and Dana Wilson. Furthermore, he was commissioned by one of his professors to compose a piece, later named ‘Atonement’, for the 2nd Annual St. Thomas Woodwind Quintet Invitational in the fall of 2013. Daniel is currently studying clarinet with Jen Gerth, UST faculty member and principal clarinetist of the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra. Outside of St. Thomas, Daniel has performed twice with the Minnesota Sinfonia as part of their Youth Outreach program. This first was during the summer of 2013 when the orchestra performed Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony, and the second was in the summer of 2014 performing Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.
Porgi amor from The Marriage of Figaro...Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Dove sono i bei momenti from The Marriage of Figaro...Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Meghan Lowe, soloist, is a senior at the University of St. Thomas and will be graduating this spring with a Bachelors of Arts degree with honors in Music - emphasis in Vocal Performance. She currently sings in the UST Chamber Singers Choir directed by Dr. Angela Broeker and studies voice with Dr. Debra Capener at UST. In 2012 she placed first in the fifth division of the NATS Minnesota chapter. Within the last year, Meghan was awarded Honorable Mention in the intermediate voice division of the Minnesota Schubert Club 2014 Scholarship Competition. She earned second place in the preliminary round of the 2014 Classical Singer Convention, University Division, and then competed in the semi-final round of the Classical Singer Convention in San Antonio, TX. She was also a finalist in the Hal-Leonard Art Song College Division. Meghan has been a soloist in the 2014 UST performances of Mozart's Coronation Mass in C and the Festival Orchestra Honors Concert, as well as the Minnesota Mormon Chorale's performance of "Lamb of God." This spring, she has joined the MN Opera chorus in the performances of "The Elixir of Love" and "Carmen."
Horn Concerto No. I in E-flat Major...Richard Strauss
Matthew Wilson, soloist, is currently a junior at St. Thomas, double majoring in Music and History while also doing a minor in the Renaissance Program. He grew up in Plymouth where he attended Wayzata High and was involved in band, cross country, track, church, and Scouts. Since coming to St. Thomas, Matt has gone on tour with the Symphonic Wind Ensemlbe to India, has placed on the Dean's List for five semesters and counting, and completed a summer of research with the Young Scholar's Grant. He is currently in his sixth semester of study with Dr. Sarah Schmalenberger.
The Horn Concerto No. I in E-flat Major by German composer Richard Strauss was first performed in Meiningen, Germany, on March 4, 1885. The concerto is one of the most demanding solo works for the horn, using the highest and lowest notes in the instrument's register, often in quick succession.
Because his father, Franz, had been the principal hornist of the Munich Court Orchestra, it was natural for Strauss to spotlight the instrument. Franz Strauss was still an active performer when Richard composed the first concerto, and he wrote the piece intending for his father to give the premiere. However, the work proved to be extraordinarilly difficult. Franz practiced it for a short time but, deeming the numerous high notes too risky for him to undertake in public, allowed the honor of the premiere to be passed on to another hornist, Gustav Leihnos. The march-like final movement returns the soloist to the heroic attitude of the first movement. Although the rondo includes some less empathatic passages, the final movement's flamboyant opening melody sets an overall tone of high drama.
Piano Concerto No. 3...Dmitri Kabalevsky
I. Allegro Molto
Angela Drees, soloist, is a senior Piano Performance major. She’s from Shakopee, Minnesota. She is involved in both the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Chamber Winds Ensemble at St. Thomas. Angela studies piano with Dr. Cornett-Murtada.