For Immediate Release —February 9, 2009
David Irwin
Media Relations Manager
(585) 245-5516

Geneseo Symphony Orchestra Concert to Feature Piano Soloist Jonathan Gonder

GENESEO, N.Y. – The first dean of the State University of New York at Geneseo’s School of the Arts, Jonathan Gonder, will be featured piano soloist at the Geneseo Symphony Orchestra’s concert Feb. 22 at 3 p.m. in Wadsworth Auditorium.   The performance is open to the public without charge.  Conducting the orchestra will be James Walker, SUNY Distinguished Service Professor of Music and Head of Instrumental Activities at the college.

Gonder will play during the orchestra’s performance of Liszt’s “Hungarian Fantasia.”   He was appointed Geneseo’s first dean of the School of the Arts last fall.  He received his doctorate of musical arts in piano performance at the University of Michigan, where he studied with renowned pianist Gyorgy Sandor. 

Also on the program are R. Vaughn Williams’ “Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis,” and Stravinsky’s “The Firebird Suite.”