LU Philharmonic Concerto Marathon

CONCERTO MARATHON webslideWhat has become a ritual for the members of the Lehigh University Philharmonic, we are about to experience the annual Concerto Marathon this coming weekend. It’s a wonderful opportunity for students (and sometimes community members) of the orchestra to shine a little brighter, with their musician colleagues supporting them.

Instead of full pieces, students prepare a movement or a selection from a great masterwork. The orchestra works diligently to support the soloists, learning a massive amount of repertoire in a very short time. 

One of the wonderful ways in which students learn the music is by getting it into their fingers. This is not just listening, or reading about the music of different eras of classical music. This is digging in and hearing the architecture of phrases, the complexities of harmonies and the arch of a floating melody through their hands. 

Here are the students taking on the challenge of stepping out front, and taking the lead of performance this coming weekend:

Friday Night Program

John Vonelli of Bethlehem PA, studies both percussion and piano. He is a senior at Nazareth Area High School and has been a member of the Lehigh University Philharmonic for the past four years. John has been studying classical piano for over ten years, five of those years under the direction of Eugene Albulescu. In addition, he has performed in various jazz groups, and most recently Lehigh’s jazz combo. This fall, John is planning to attend college and major in computer science while continuing his studies in music. John performs the first movement of the Mozart Piano Concerto.

Andrew Shang, from Port Washington, NY, is a senior majoring in materials science and engineering with a minor in economics. He studies violin with Dr. Michael Jorgensen. Philip Hsiao is an international student from Taiwan. He is currently a senior double majoring in Accounting and Finance with Music minor. He studies violin and jazz piano at Lehigh with Professor Jorgensen and Tim Harrison. Besides playing for the orchestra, he is also an executive board member in Investment Management Group and Phi Delta Theta fraternity. Andrew performs the first movement of the Wieniawski Violin concerto.

DeVaughn Roberts is a Junior Mechanical Engineering major with a minor in Music. He has played the trumpet with the Philharmonic Orchestra for three years and studies privately with Lawrence Wright. Outside of the orchestra, he is also the President of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. DeVaughn will perform the first movement of the Hummel Trumpet Concerto.

Daniel E.Y. Shin, from Manchester, VT, is a senior studying Computer Engineering and Music composition in IDEAS program at Lehigh. He plays viola with the Philharmonic for which he serves as Vice President, and sings with the University Choir and Glee Club. He is currently studying voice with Karen Huffstodt, and viola with Sharon Olsher. Daniel will perform the “catalog aria” from Mozart’s opera, Don Giovanni

David Turk is a first year IDEAS major from Los Angeles, California. He studies violin with Prof. Jorgensen and is also a member of the Philharmonic Orchestra and a jazz combo led by Tim Sessions. Daniel E.Y. Shin, from Manchester, VT, is a senior studying Computer Engineering and Music composition in IDEAS program at Lehigh. He plays viola with the Philharmonic for which he serves as Vice President, and sings with the University Choir and Glee Club. He is currently studying voice with Karen Huffstodt, and viola with Sharon Olsher. David will perform the first movement of Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole for violin. 

 Saturday Night Program

Michelle Fedun is a first year student from Yardley, PA, with an intended major in Environmental Engineering. She studies violin under Dr. Jorgensen and plays for the Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as for the Reformed University Fellowship worship band. Michelle will perform the first movement of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto.

Geoffrey Groman, clarinet, from Syracuse, NY, is a masters student in Electrical Engineering. He completed undergraduate degrees in Electrical Engineering and Music at Lehigh and participates in the Philharmonic, Wind Ensemble, Choral Union, and Reformed University Fellowship. Geoffrey will perform the third movement of the Mozart Clarinet Concerto.

Philip Hsiao is an international student from Taiwan. He is currently a senior double majoring in Accounting and Finance with Music minor. He studies violin and jazz piano at Lehigh with Professor Jorgensen and Tim Harrison. Besides playing for the orchestra, he is also an executive board member in Investment Management Group and Phi Delta Theta fraternity. Philip will perform the first movement of the Bruch Violin Concerto.

Bolin Chang, from Honolulu, HI, is a sophomore majoring in Molecular Biology while minoring in Chinese and Health, Medicine, and Society at Lehigh University. He plays the viola and the piano for the LU Philharmonic. Bolin has previously soloed with the Iolani High School Symphonic Orchestra and the Honolulu Symphony. His other hobbies include swimming, playing basketball, and spending time with friends. Bolin will perform the first movement of the Grieg Piano Concerto. 

The second half of each concert will feature the full orchestra performing the first movement of Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7.

 

 

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