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Westminster College Symphony Orchestra to Perform May 1

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Posted on Tuesday, April 29, 2014

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College Symphony Orchestra will present its Winter Concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 1, in Orr Auditorium.  The event is free and open to the public.

Music pieces include: Egmont Overture by Beethoven, Variations on a Shaker Melody by Copland, Andante Festivo by Sibelius, Kommt ein schlanker Bursch from "Der Freischutz" by von Weber, featuring Kathleen Bachtel singing soprano; Concerto Number 2 for Marimba and Orchestra (Movement III) by Gillingham, featuring Cody Floyd, marimba; and Marche Slave by Tchaikovsky.

The concert is under the direction of Dr. Melinda Crawford Perttu, assistant professor of music. She directs the symphony orchestra, teaches the string pedagogy sequence as well as private violin and viola lessons, and supervises the weekly string master class. She joined the Westminster faculty in 2009.  Crawford Perttu earned an undergraduate degree from Duquesne University and a master's and doctorate from Ohio State University.

Westminster College offers a broad program in music, open to majors and non-majors alike. The Choral and Instrumental Programs at Westminster College include 350-400 students from all areas of the campus. Students may choose from five large instrumental performing groups on campus.

Contact Perttu at 724-946-7271 or email for additional information.