GENESEO, N.Y. – The Geneseo Symphony Orchestra performs its final concert of the season May 5 at 3 p.m. in Wadsworth Auditorium with works by Elgar, Mozart and Rachmaninoff. Conducting Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1” will be James Walker, distinguished service professor of music in the School of the Arts, who will complete his 44th year as conductor of the orchestra. The concert is free and open to the public.
Senior music major Louis Lohraseb, a presidential scholar and Edgar Fellow at Geneseo, will conduct Mozart’s “Symphony No. 40 in G Minor” and will be piano soloist in Rachmaninoff’s “Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor.” This will be Lohraseb’s final appearance with the symphony. He begins graduate studies in the fall at the Yale School of Music, where he has been appointed assistant conductor of the Yale Philharmonia.
“This is a wonderful final concert of Louis and the other 18 graduating senior in the orchestra,” said Walker. “They have all done a marvelous job during their four years here. The fact that we programmed the ‘real’ Pomp and Circumstance March is no accident. It’s a tribute to their fine work over the past four years. The other two major works are perfect examples of their genres. They are benchmarks by which every other symphony and concerto can be judged.”
The Geneseo Symphony Orchestra is a collaboration between the best wind, percussion and string players in the SUNY Geneseo student body and members of the music faculty who coach and perform in the ensemble. The result is the performance of some of the finest literature written for a large orchestra.
For more information on the concert, call 585-245-5824.
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