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SRU Orchestra, SRU Choir join forces

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Nanette Kaplan Solomon, professor of music at Slippery Rock University, student soloists and a new work by Stephen Barr, assistant professor of music, will be featured when the SRU Orchestra and SRU Concert Choir join forces for a 7:30 p.m., Nov. 7, concert in Swope Music Hall.

The symphony is directed by Warren Davidson, SRU assistant professor of music and the choir is being prepared by Barr.

The centerpiece of the program is

Beethoven's "Choral Fantasy, op. 80" will be the concert's centerpiece featuring Solomon and the choir.

Seven vocal soloists will be featured. They are: Ashley Weimer, a 2007 graduate from Connellsville, along with Nyomin Buhler from Slippery Rock, Angela Fenk from Pittsburgh, Trevor Greenfield from Grove City, Kevin Adamik from Tarentum, John Burgh from Sewickley, and Patrick McGill from __XXXXXX___

"The 20-minute work is a tour-de-force for all of the performers; its genre and thematic material suggest that it was a model for the later 'Ninth (Choral) Symphony,'" Solomon said.

Barr will have his "Cinematic Image" presented.

He called the piece "a concert work that borrows aspects of music for the screen-especially the drive of so-called 'chase' scenes and the emotion of more intimate, romantic scenes, and combines them with the logical design and structural form of a concert piece meant to stand on its own as an independent work of music."

The program will also feature violinist Aaron Blackham, on violin, for "Zeigeunerweisen," by Pablo de Sarasate. Blackham is a senior performance major from Trafford.

The program will also offer works by Martinu, Arensky, Verdi and Liadov.

Admission is $5 for the general public and $3 for SRU students.