Monday, December 2, 2013

Randolph College Chamber Orchestra holds first solo concert Dec. 6

The Randolph College Chamber Orchestra will present its first solo concert this week, featuring six works from five composers, including Haydn and Brahms.

The orchestra was formed in the spring of 2012, and currently includes eight students who perform in concerts with professional musicians. In past years, the orchestra has performed along with Chorale, but it has developed enough to have its own concert.

The concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, December 6, in Smith Hall Theatre. The repertoire will include “hidden gems to well-known treasures,” said Randall Speer, director of the chamber orchestra and a Randolph College music professor. The works include Notturno in C by Franz Joseph Haydn and Fantasia on “Greensleeves” by British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams.

In addition to the Randolph students, the chamber orchestra includes two students from E.C. Glass High School in Lynchburg.

“It is truly an honor to lead this fine group of students,” Speer said. “My deepest gratitude is extended to Randolph College for its truly remarkable support in bravely establishing a chamber orchestra as part of our curriculum.”