The Western New York Chamber Orchestra with the SUNY Fredonia Chamber Choir will open the 2014-2015 Friends of Good Music concert season at St. Bonaventure University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept.19, 2014. The concert will feature artistic director Glen Cortese and guest soloist Dmitri Novgorodsky.
The program, titled “All Amadeus,” opens with Cortese conducting Mozart’s setting of the Latin hymn “Regina Coeli” with the SUNY Fredonia Chamber Choir and featuring soprano Laura Noack. Guest pianist Novgorodsky will perform the Piano Concerto in A Major KV. 414 and after intermission the orchestra will perform the popular Symphony No. 20 in D-Major, KV. 133.
The Western New York Chamber Orchestra has a 28-year history of excellence serving Chautauqua County. This ensemble of outstanding players includes faculty at the Fredonia School of Music at SUNY Fredonia and professional musicians from the Buffalo, Rochester and Erie areas.
Cortese begins his 10th year as conductor of the orchestra. He is conductor emeritus of the Oregon Mozart Players. His recent guest engagements have included the Wolf Trap Opera, the Charleston Symphony, the Sapporo Festival Orchestra, the Slovak Radio Orchestra, the Sofia (Bulgaria) Philharmonic, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, and the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, among many others.
Novgorodsky has appeared in Russia, Ukraine, Byelorussia, Kazakhstan, Israel, France, Austria, Canada, Turkey, and Taiwan. In the United States, he has performed at such venues as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and the residence of the Russian Ambassador to the United States (Washington, D.C.). Among the highlights in the last several years have been performances at the Center for Advanced Musical Research in Istanbul (sponsored through the U.S. Department of State Artist Abroad Award); a concert tour in Kazakhstan with a solo recital at the Kazakhstan National Conservatory of Music; a chamber music concert at the St. Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory, Russia; recitals with soprano Patrice Michaels at the International Voice Symposium in Salzburg, Austria; critically acclaimed concerto performances with the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, the Fox Valley Symphony, Temple Symphony, and Lawrence Symphony. He joined the SUNY Fredonia School of Music in the fall of 2012.
A basic subscription to the Friends of Good Music season, which includes one ticket to each of six concerts, is $99 (discounted to $81 for senior citizens). Extended subscriptions for up to two additional concerts are also available.
A seven-concert subscription is $109 ($89 for senior citizens), while an eight-concert subscription is $119 ($97 for seniors). Tickets are also available for each performance. Individual concert tickets are $20 at full price, $16 for senior citizens and St. Bonaventure employees, and $5 for students.
For subscriptions, single ticket sales and concert information, call The Quick Center at (716) 375-2494. For all Friends of Good Music performances, Quick Center galleries will open one hour before the performance and remain open throughout intermission.
Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Museum admission is free and open to the public year round. For more information, visit www.sbu.edu/quickcenter.
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