Symphony Orchestra to Present Spring Concert May 6

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The Westminster College Symphony Orchestra will present its spring concert Thursday, May 6, at 7:30 p.m. in Orr Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Highlights of the concert will be performances by the winners of the aria and concerto competition.

Freshman music performance major Alexandra Patterson, the aria competition winner, will sing "Deh vieni, non tardar" from Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro.

Freshman French and music major Alexander Weil, who won the concerto competition, will be the saxophone soloist in Glazunov's "Saxophone Concerto in e-flat Major."

The program will also include works by Copland, Respighi, Saint-Saëns, and Atwell.

Westminster faculty participating in the orchestra are Dr. David Cushman, professor and chair of Westminster's Department of Economics and Business, on oboe; and Dr. Daniel Perttu, assistant professor of music, on bassoon.

The orchestra is under the direction of Melinda Crawford Perttu, who joined the Westminster faculty in August. She earned an undergraduate degree from Duquesne University and a master's from Ohio State University.

Contact Melinda Perttu at (724) 946-7271 or e-mail for additional information.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College is a top tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Guide to America's Best Colleges. Westminster ranked third 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 371 Colleges" and "Best in the Northeast" 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 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

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