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Symphony Orchestra holiday concert to feature cello, bugle

Audience members will hear an evening of eclectic music as the Alfred University (AU) Symphony Orchestra, directed by Dr. Lisa Lantz, presents its 2013 holiday concert on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Miller Theater, Miller Performing Arts Center. The program is open to the public free of charge.

The concert will open with student cellist Seong Weon Lee performing Franz Josef Haydn’s “Cello Concerto in C Major.”  The first half of the evening’s program will conclude with Mozart’s “Symphony #9 in A Major.”

Up next, the full orchestra will kick off the holiday season with favorites by American composer LeRoy Anderson. Among the works will be the famous “Bugler’s Holiday,” featuring student soloists Sean Locker, Jay Horwath, and Brandon Rolling.

Lee is a junior art and design major concentrating in ceramics. She began playing the cello at age 4 and has won numerous competitions including the Suzuki Competition and Summer Festival, Lila Music Competition, the Strad Competition, and the MSM Festival.

She attended the Royal Conservatory Preparatory School in Canada and the Levin School of Music in Washington, D.C., where she has participated in the Youth Orchestra since 2008. Lee won the First Annual Concerto Competition in 2010, where she played the “Haydn Concerto.”

In spring 2013, Lee played the Vivaldi “Concerto for Two Cellos in G Minor” in Alfred with Alfred State College student Julia Colasurdo.

Locker, a junior majoring in materials science and engineering, is a 2011 graduate of Painted-Post West High School, Corning. He also plays in the AU Symphonic Band and competes on the AU Track and Field Team.

Horwath, a freshman glass engineering major, is a 2013 graduate from Central Bucks High School West, Doylestown, PA. He is a member of AU’s Symphonic and Jazz bands.

Rolling is a senior mathematics major minoring in music. He is a 2010 graduate of Attica High School, Attica. He is also a member of the University’s Symphonic and Jazz bands.

Lantz is associate professor of music/strings at Alfred University. She earned a doctor of music arts degree from The Ohio State University, a master of music degree from Michigan University, and a bachelor of music degree from the University of Toledo. As a violinist, she has performed extensively in Rome, Italy, Budapest, Bratislova, Vienna, Prague, and around the United States. She also is an experienced orchestral and chamber musician, having performed with many regional orchestras including the Southern Tier Symphony and The Orchestra of the Finger Lakes.