poster for March Orchestra concertORCHESTRA OFFERS PROGRAM OF TWO WORKS

The University at Albany Department of Music is pleased to present a concert by the University-Community Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 3pm at the UAlbany Performing Arts Center on the uptown campus. Under the direction of Christopher Neubert, the program will feature Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol, Op. 34 and Mauro Giuliani’s Concerto in A Major, Op. 30 with guest artist Paul Quigley.

Capriccio Epagnol, Op. 34, is the common Western title for the orchestral work based on Spanish folk melodies written by Rimsky-Korsakov in 1887. He originally intended to write the work for a solo violin with orchestra, but later decided that a purely orchestral work would do better justice to the lively melodies.  The piece is often lauded for its orchestration, which features a large percussion section and many special techniques and articulations, such as in the fourth movement when the violinists, violists and cellists are asked to imitate guitars.

Mauro Giuseppe Sergio Pantaleo Giuliani was an Italian guitarist, cellist, singer and composer who is considered by many to be one of the leading guitar virtuosi of the early 19th century.  He defined a new role for the guitar in the context of European music.  His 150 compositions for guitar with opus number constitute the nucleus of the nineteenth-century guitar repertory. Giuliani composed extremely challenging pieces for solo guitar as well as works for orchestra and guitar-violin and guitar-flute duos.

Guitarist Paul Quigley has performed with the Glens Falls Symphony and the College of Saint Rose Camerata.  His performances have taken place at the Saratoga Arts Center Theatre, Troy Music Hall, Riverside Church Christ Chapel series, Bowdoin College Summer Chamber Music Festival, Lang Concert Hall at Hunter College, The Spanish Institute, Shakespeare & Company and the Oberwald Concert Series in Basel, Switzerland.  His major teachers have included Joel Brown, Mark Delpriora, Norbert Kraft and Tony Sano. He is a member of the Finger Lakes Guitar Quartet and is currently on the faculty of Schenectady County Community College, The College of Saint Rose and SUNY Adirondack where he teaches classical and electric guitar.  

Tickets are $6 for the general public and $3 for students, seniors & UAlbany faculty/staff and may be purchased through the Performing Arts Center Box Office.  For further information, contact the Box Office at (518) 442-3997.