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Orchestra Celebrates the Conclusion of the Academic Year with a Featured Performance

May 21, 2012
By Jacob Cohn '13

The Carleton College Orchestra will celebrate the conclusion of the academic year with a performance in the Concert Hall on Friday, May 25 at 8 p.m. Designed to showcase the many musical talents of the graduating class of 2012, this concert is free and open to the public.


Three seniors will perform solos during the concert. Molly Nichols (Machiasport, Me.) will be featured in a Harp Concerto (1884) by German composer Carl Reinecke. Robert Wakeley (Kenmore, Wash.) is the star of a flute adaptation of “Fantasia para un gentilhombre” (Fantasia for a Gentleman) (1954), a work by Spanish composer Joaquin Rodrigo. Finally, Katie Deeg (Zionsville, Ind.) will be the center of attention in a rendition of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto (1878).


The Carleton Orchestra accepts students by audition and is led by Hector Valdivia, professor of music and S. Eugene Bailey Director of the Carleton Orchestra.  Valdivia received the B.M.A. from the University of Wisconsin and the M.M.A., M.M., and D.M.A. from the Yale School of Music. His research interests include the music of Eugene Ysaye, Luisa Adolpha Le Beau, and Amy Beach. Dr. Valdivia recently recorded Beach's "Variations on Balkan Themes" with the Moravian Philharmonic in Olomouc, Czech Republic. As a violinist, he performs with the Veblen Piano Trio and recently recorded several new works by Phillip Rhodes, Carleton's Composer-in-Residence.


For more information about this event, including disability accommodations, contact the Carleton College Department of Music at (507) 222-4354. The Carleton College Concert Hall is located on First Street, between Nevada and Winona Streets, in Northfield.


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