The Western New York Chamber Orchestra begins its 28th season featuring internationally acclaimed soloists and magnificent choral music on Sunday, Oct. 30, in King Concert Hall on the SUNY Fredonia campus at 4 p.m. The concert repertoire includes the Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 by J.S. Bach with two SUNY Fredonia School of Music faculty taking solo roles. Father Sean Duggan and Nicole Zenns will be featured on harpsichord and flute, respectively, together with violin soloist Sarah Abend-Fritz. Following the Sinfonia in C major by Johann Sebastian Bach's son C.P.E. Bach, the SUNY Fredonia College Choir will take the stage with the Orchestra in the Mass in C major by Franz Schubert. Joining the Choir will be SUNY Fredonia School of Music faculty soloists Shinobu Takagi, Laurie Tramuta, and Joe Dan Harper, joined by baritone James Wright.
Father Duggan, associate professor of piano and chair of the piano area, is a two-time first prize winner of the Johann Sebastian Bach International Competition for Pianists and has toured the United States and Europe performing the complete cycle of Bach's keyboard works. Duggan has appeared with orchestras worldwide including the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Prague Chamber Orchestra, as well as with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and the American Chamber Orchestra.
Sarah Abend-Fritz was appointed concertmaster of the Western New York Chamber Orchestra in 2006 and is an active chamber musician and teacher in Western New York. A member of the SUNY Fredonia School of Music faculty for five years, she has appeared with the Buffalo Philharmonic, the National Repertoire Orchestra, and the Guatemalan National Symphony.
Father Sean Duggan
Music Director and Conductor Glen Cortese returns to the WNYCO podium for his seventh season. Cortese has conducted worldwide and is a highly acclaimed educator. While the principal conductor at the Manhattan School of Music, he led that Conservatory's first performance on "Live from Lincoln Center." He served under Zubin Mehta with the New York Philharmonic and has served as music director of the New York Chamber Sinfonia for 25 years. Also a highly acclaimed composer, Cortese has been awarded by the Charles Ives Foundation.
Tickets for this concert are available at the door or by calling 716-673-3501 or online at www.fredonia.edu/tickets.