GENESEO, N.Y. - The Geneseo Symphony Orchestra opens its fall season 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. The concert begins at 3 p.m. in Wadsworth Auditorium and is open to the public without charge.
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, the only concerto he completed and 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 work "Swan of Tuonela" features faculty member Anna Steltenpohl on English horn. She recently performed the work with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and received glowing reviews in the Democrat and Chronicle for her performance.
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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