GENESEO, N.Y. -- Pianist Jonathan Gonder, dean of SUNY Geneseo's School of the Arts, will join the Geneseo Symphony Orchestra for a concert Feb. 20, featuring two venerable "chestnuts" from the 19th century Romantic repertoire. James Walker, SUNY distinguished service professor music, will conduct the orchestra. The concert begins at 3 p.m. in Wadsworth Auditorium and is open to the public without charge.
Included on the program will be Franz Liszt's 1st Piano Concerto in E-flat and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 in E minor.
"These are two of the best ‘chestnuts' in the Romantic repertoire, works that are so well known that they have become perennial favorites," said Walker. "The nice thing is that for students, these works are brand new. We hope they become as user-friendly to them as they are to us. These are marvelous pieces and the students are really responding to them as we approach the concert."
Gonder was named the college's first dean of the School of the Arts in 2008. He received his doctorate of musical arts in piano performance at the University of Michigan, where he studied with renowned pianist Gyorgy Sandor. He has received numerous awards and prizes in his career while participating in international, national, provincial and regional music competitions.
The Geneseo Symphony Orchestra, now 90 members strong, 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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