The Westminster Symphony Orchestra

McDaniel College’s Department of Music will present The Westminster Symphony Orchestra in concert Saturday, December 8 at 3:00 p.m.  The concert will take place in WMC Alumni Hall.

The orchestra is composed of McDaniel students as well as Carroll Community College students and community musicians.  Dr. Linda Kirkpatrick directs the orchestra.

Director Kirkpatrick says, “We chose an all Christmas program that includes traditional holiday music as well as contemporary rock and hard rock numbers and McDaniel faculty member Nicholas Currie will be a featured soloist on several pieces.”

“The opening number of the concert features violinist Nicholas Currie on a rock arrangement of ‘We Three Kings,’ which also features Rachel Andrews on piano.  It’s a very upbeat, energetic work that the audience will love!  It’s followed by Corelli’s ‘Christmas Concerto’ for two solo violins, cello and harpsichord, with string orchestra accompaniment that includes violin soloists Nicholas Currie & Sarah Zimmermann, solo cellist and assistant WSO director Cindy Rosenberg, and Rachel Andrews on harpsichord.  The string orchestra will perform the work standing, instead of seated, which is how it would have been performed during the time period it was composed.”

“The second half of the program includes winds and percussion and opens with ‘March of the Toys’ from ‘Babes in Toyland,’ followed by Leroy Anderson’s ‘Christmas Festival’, which will include audience participation.  We continue with music from the popular movie ‘Polar Express,’ which features the entire orchestra. And our final work, a Trans-Siberian Orchestra arrangement titled ‘Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24,’ as seen in the mind-boggling Trans-Siberian stage show, is a powerful rock arrangement of ‘Carol of the Bells,’ complete with a standard rhythm section with electric guitar soloist Dan Vogel, electric bass player JP Neubert, drum set player Chance Caprarola and keyboardist Rachel Andrews.   This thought-provoking medley of Christmas tunes describes a lone cellist playing Christmas carols in the midst of the Bosnian war.  The piece reflects the power, drama, and hope of a single musician in the midst of war, reflecting on the power of music to bring hope.  The rock rhythm section contributes to an intense and very hip musical experience.”

McDaniel students performing as part of the WSO include Emily Barker, Ethan Brown, Micaela Champion, Nicholas Cummings, Alec Hedstrom, Clayton Herbst, Matthew Hopson, Laurel Pogue, Andrew Pyne, Jackie Sherwin (grad student), Cade Leek, Jonathan Nepini, Michael Nepini, Pierce Prue, and Brandon Schlichtig.  They are joined by McDaniel alumni Natica Losee, Alan Lyons, Betsy Meade Turner, Deborah Seidel, and Brian Thompson, and McDaniel music faculty department members Rachel Andrews, Nicholas Currie, Lynn Fleming, David Motter, Nick Reider, Robert Sirois, and Alice Tung.  Other performers with the orchestra are Carroll Community College students Chance Caprarola, Gregory DeGroff, Grace Hartman, and Ethan Warfield, Carroll County Public School students Martinia Adolfs, Brenna Connell, Natalie Davenport, Lance Davis, Brandon Lauffer, Alayna Mahosky, JP Neubert, and Patrick Rippeon, and community musicians Georgia Andews, Jeff Baker, Barbara Bowen, Benjamin Brown, Danielle Concon, Christina Cook, Jennifer Hoff, Kathleen Bromelow Jansen, Bobbi Little, Gracie McNeal, Ron Maleson, Harry Meade, Amanda Polanowski, Jenny Ribecca, Cindy Rosenberg (WSO assistant director), Kevin Solomowitz, Daniel Sperlein, Daniel Vogel, and Sarah Zimmermann.

The concert is free and open to the public.  For more information, call 410-857-2599.

Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 3:00pm

WMC Alumni Hall, Mainstage

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