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Symphony Orchestra to Present Spring Concert May 1

Monday, April 23, 2012

The Westminster College Symphony Orchestra will present its spring concert Tuesday, May 1, at 7:30 p.m. in Orr Auditorium.  The concert is free and open to the public.

The program will include: Mozart's "Concerto in A for Clarinet and Orchestra," featuring music education major John Stumpff on clarinet; Puccini's "Questo amor, vergogna mia" from Edgar, featuring baritone soloist Nicholas Popovich; and Beethoven's Symphony No. 6.

In addition to the students in the orchestra, Dr. Daniel Perttu, Westminster assistant professor of music, will play bassoon.

The Orchestra is under the direction of Dr. Melinda Crawford Perttu, Westminster assistant professor of music, who joined the faculty full time in 2011.  She earned an undergraduate degree from Duquesne University and master's degree and Ph.D. from Ohio State University.  She has studied Gaelic, fiddling, and fiddle pedagogy at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig in Scotland. 

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

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster, a top-tier liberal arts college, ranks third in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster ranked 6th among liberal arts colleges in social mobility, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 376 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 42 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

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