The Lehigh University Philharmonic Orchestra present a special two-night free Concerto Marathon entitled Worlds of Fire at 8 p.m. tonight and Saturday, featuring the orchestra accompanying student soloists performing concertos.
Both nights will conclude with a full orchestra performance, featuring the Brandenburg 6th Concerto and Beethoven ‘s Symphony No. 1.
Tickets are not required; admission is free.
The concerts will feature ten soloists, five tonight and five on Saturday.
Tonight, DeVaughn Roberts will be playing Arutunian’s Concerto for Trumpet, Taylor Bond and Max Watkins will perform the first movement of the Brahms Double Concerto for Violin and Cello, Madeline Weiss will play Chaminade’s Concertino for Flute and Orchestra, and Peter Weigel will perform the first movement of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major.
On Saturday, Cristiano Lima will be playing the Grondahl Trombone Concerto, Emilia Silebi will play the third movement of the Dvorak Violin Concerto, Kellan Lowrie will play the second movement of Handel’s Concerto for Harp and Orchestra, Kelsey Leck will play the first movement of Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole for Violin, and Zachary Farley will be playing the first movement of Concerto No. 1 for Clarinet by Weber.
Lehigh University Philharmonic Director Eugene Albulescu is an award-winning performer and conductor who has led the orchestra for the past six years. Among his conducting accomplishments are a stint as director of the French Chamber Orchestra while on tour during 2008-2010, as well as several performances and recordings with top orchestras including the Romanian National Philharmonic, New York Chamber Orchestra, as well as the New Zealand Symphony, which released his recent recording of Jenny McLeod’s Rock Concerto on the Naxos label.
The highly acclaimed Lehigh University Philharmonic is a group of talented musicians, most of whom are undergraduate students majoring in disciplines outside of music. They regularly perform at their home in Zoellner Arts Center on the campus of Lehigh University, and have performed at various international venues in Europe, Asia and South America and Africa.
In the past few years the orchestra presented several North American as well as world premieres and a yearly concert featuring works of Lehigh University student composers.