Contributed by Michael Ganci, Syntax, for The Bronxville School
Nov. 7, 2018: A group of talented Bronxville High School students has been invited to perform with Westchester County School Music Association’s area all-state music ensembles at the 2018 festival concert, to be held on November 8 at SUNY Purchase.
Performing with the string orchestra are junior Sofia Ricciarini (violin) and sophomores Patrick Bird (string bass) and Eve Sullivan (viola). They will participate in a performance of Finale from Sinfonia for Strings by William Eckfeld and Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis by Ralph Vaughn Williams.
Performing with the symphony orchestra are juniors Justin Barr (viola), Sabrina Mellinghoff (cello), and Sasha Paradise (cello) and sophomore George Daher (violin). They will participate in a performance of Zampa Overture by Ferdinand Hérold, “Komm, susser Tod” by Johann Sebastian Bach and Leopold Stokowski, and Prelude to Die Meistersinger by Richard Wagner.
Senior Sophia Sulimirski (oboe) will participate in a performance by the band of Symphony No. 1 by Johan de Meij, Riften Wed by Julie Giroux, Candide Suite by Leonard Bernstein and Clare Grundman, and Camerado by Michael Markowski.
Senior Matthew Pytosh (baritone) and sophomore Izaak Thoms (bass) were selected to perform with the mixed chorus. The chorus will perform “God of Life” by Franz Joseph Haydn and Robert Scholz, “The Ground” by Ola Gjeilo, “Ride the Chariot” by William Melton, and “Let the River Run” by Carly Simon and Craig Hella Johnson.
Senior Lily Vorbach (soprano) will perform with the women’s chorus “Weep, O Mine Eyes” by John Bennet and Russell Robinson, “Songbird” by Sarah Quartel, “Amani, A Song of Peace” by Jim Papoulis, “Praise His Holy Name” by Keith Hampton, and “Oseh Shalom” by Adam Paltrowitz.
“Being selected to participate in an area all-state music ensemble is a significant accomplishment that affords students the opportunity to perform challenging works under the direction of exceptional conductors,” orchestra director Denise Lutter said. “The music faculty is proud of the students’ achievements.”
Performers were chosen by the Westchester County School Music Association on the basis of auditions at last spring’s New York State School Music Association Solo Festival. During the audition, the students sight-read, play scales, and perform a solo from NYSSMA’s most challenging repertoire. WCSMA, which is the county arm of NYSSMA, sponsors the area all-state festival each year for eligible Westchester sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
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