The Ithaca College School of Music was honored to present its premiere ensembles, the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, and Choir as the opening concert at the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Annual Winter Conference on December 1. In honor of the conference, first held at Ithaca College in 1932, over 200 School of Music students created a special night of music in Rochester.
Jeffery Meyer, Director of Orchestras, and the Ithaca College Chamber Orchestra (ICCO) will perform music by Vivaldi and Beethoven and feature the North American premiere of Laura Kaminsky’s Concerto for Piano and Chamber Orchestra, a joint commission by the ICCO and the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic (St. PCP). Meyer, who is director of orchestras at Ithaca College, conducts both ensembles. Renowned pianist Ursula Oppens is soloist in the Kaminsky concerto. The concert at 8 p.m. in Ford Hall is free and open to the public. Kaminsky will be available to speak with composers 12/8 from 7-8:30pm and conduct a piano masterclass 12/9 from 5-6:30pm.
Meyer said, "It is an extraordinary opportunity to collaborate with Ursula Oppens, who is such a distinguished and important figure in American new music, as well as composer Laura Kaminsky, who wrote this concerto specifically for Oppens, the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic and the Ithaca College Chamber Orchestra."
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