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University orchestra to perform in March 22 concert

Minnesota State Mankato’s University Orchestra will perform works of Goltermann, Berwald, Bruch and Shostakovich in a concert Tuesday, March 22, that will mark Joseph Rogers’ final performance as the orchestra’s conductor.

2011-03-23
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release [3-21-11]

Minnesota State Mankato’s University Orchestra will perform works of Goltermann, Berwald, Bruch and Shostakovich in a concert Tuesday, March 22, that will mark Joseph Rogers’ final performance as the orchestra’s conductor.

The concert, featuring Rogers and a number of other soloists, will be at 7:30 p.m. in Halling Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center.

“The orchestra is disappointed that Dr. Rogers is leaving,” said junior clarinetist Hunter Ellis. “The amount of interest in the orchestra has grown greatly since he began working with this ensemble, and he has taken it to new heights as a full ensemble. His knowledge of strings has been a crucial element. The entire orchestra will miss him greatly.”

Rogers will perform cello solos, as will several guest soloists.

Ruth Lin will be guest conductor. She has been featured as part of the Lin-Kontorovitch piano duo and performs regularly in the Chicago area. She is director of orchestral activities at Gustavus Adolphus College and has served in that capacity at Iowa State University.

Stephen Sims, violin instructor at Cleveland Institute of Music and Denison University, will be a guest violinist. He has performed as soloist in concertos and shorter works by Beethoven, Berwald, Dvorak, Saint-Saens, Vivaldi, Mozart and Bach.

Tyler Sieh will be a guest violist. He has studied with Mark Jackobs and Lynne Ramsey of the Cleveland Orchestra and as a soloist with the Air Force String Orchestra.

Concert admission is $9; $7 for students with a valid MavCard. Those who wish to purchase tickets online should go to www.mnsu.edu/music. Those who want more information may call the Performance Series office, (507) 389-5549.

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