‘Remarkable Recitals’ shines spotlight on rising stars

Staff Report

ANDERSON — The Anderson Symphony Orchestra under the direction of R. Alexander Spainhour III will present Remarkable Recitals at 3 p.m. Jan. 24 in Daniel Recital Hall at Anderson University.

Featuring an afternoon of performances by the winners of the ASO’s 2016 Concerto & Aria Competition, this delightful program will showcase seven outstanding students from The South Carolina School of the Arts at Anderson University performing with a smaller chamber-sized orchestra comprised of members from the ASO.

Also on the program will be a special string quartet performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Serenade No. 6 in D Major by Maestro Spainhour, violinist Kathy Perry, violist Mandi Aumann and double bassist, Chris Lewis.

Remarkable Recitals will include a performance of Giuseppe Sarti’s Come un Agnello from “Il Fra due litigant” by senior vocal performance major and tenor, Elliott Moyer followed by Felix Mendelssohn’s Ye People; If With All Your Hearts from “Elijah” performed by tenor and senior worship leadership major, Taylor Ramey.

Additional vocal selections will include George F. Handel’s Let the Bright Seraphim from “Samson” performed by junior music education major and soprano, Sydney Alexander, and Mozart’s Una donna a quindici anni from “Cosi Fan Tutte” performed by sophomore soprano Olivia Wells who is pursuing a double major in vocal performance and communications.

Instrumental performances will include Alan Hovhaness’ Prayer of St. Gregory featuring senior music education major, Robert Krause, on trumpet and Mozart’s Violin Concerto N. 4 in D Major “Rondeau” performed by freshman music education major, Devin Sanders. The afternoon will conclude with Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor “Presto” featuring junior instrumental performance major, Rebecca Pape.

“I think audience members are going to be thrilled by the level of talent these young performers display,” said Alex Spainhour. “This year’s competition was a tough one to judge.”

The ASO’s Concerto & Aria Competition is held exclusively for students studying at Anderson University’s Music Department and is an integral part of the Greater Anderson Musical Arts Consortium’s (GAMAC) music education work in the community.

Founded in 1975, the Anderson Symphony Orchestra joined GAMAC in 2006 and is a thriving civic orchestra comprised of community avocational instrumentalists. Participation in the ASO is open to Anderson University students for course credit.

Tickets to Remarkable Recitals are $15 for adults and $7 for students. Patrons can purchase tickets in advance by calling the GAMAC office at 864-231-6147. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door one hour prior to the performance.

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