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Westminster College Symphony Orchestra to Perform Winter Concert

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Posted on Tuesday, February 23, 2016

The Westminster College Symphony Orchestra will host a winter concert at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 26 in Orr Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public.

Along with student and community performers, the concert will feature Dr. Nancy DeSalvo, associate professor of music, on piano, and Dr. Timothy Winfield, assistant professor of music, on trumpet.

“Professional performing musicians are role models for music students,” said DeSalvo. “For me, it is rewarding to perform with students as we work to solve technical problems in a piece of music together. Through these concerts, students are given hands-on opportunities to observe how professionals handle the pressures of performing.”

The orchestra will perform the works of Chabrier, Bizet, and Shostakovich. The Shostakovich Concerto No. 1 for piano, trumpet and strings is “playful and energetic at times, yet solemn,” according to Winfield. It is also the piece that DeSalvo and Winfield will be performing together.

“In my courses, I stress the importance of consistency in high quality musical performances and professionalism within the performing ensemble,” said Winfield. “Performing together is a wonderful opportunity to put these concepts into action together.”

For more information, contact Dr. Melinda Crawford Perttu, assistant professor of music, at or (724) 946-7271.