Oct. 11, 2011

Geneseo Symphony Orchestra kicks off new season

Geneseo Symphony Orchestra

The Geneseo Symphony Orchestra performs at a concert. /FILE PHOTO











Students and faculty members of the Geneseo Symphony Orchestra open their fall season on Sunday, Oct. 16, with an all-Scandinavian program featuring works by Jan Sibelius and Edvard Grieg.

Conducting the orchestra will be James Walker, distinguished service professor of music, who begins his 42nd year as conductor of the orchestra.

On the program are Sibelius's "The Swan of Tuonela: A Legend from the Finnish Folk-Epic, The Kalevala." The orchestra also will feature Grieg's "Symphonic Dances, Opus 64" and "Piano Concerto in A minor." The Grieg concerto, one of the most popular of all piano concerti, will feature pianist Jonathan Gonder, chair of Geneseo's department of music. It will be Gonder's fourth appearance as a soloist with the Geneseo Symphony.

The Sibelius features Adjunct Lecturer Anna Steltenpohl on English horn, who recently performed the work with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

• The concert is at 3 p.m. in Wadsworth Auditorium. It's free and open to the public.