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“Orchestral Footsteps” Children’s Concert March 9

Martin Vaillancourt
Martin Vaillancourt

The University Orchestra will present a children’s concert on Tuesday, March 9, at 7:30 pm at Staller Center. Conductor Susan Deaver will lead the University Orchestra in “Orchestral Footsteps!,” a one-hour interactive toe-tapping adventure through the orchestra. Audience members are encouraged to wear their favorite footwear to take part in the interactive elements of the concert including a contest at the end.

The featured soloist is sixth-grade violinist Martin Vaillancourt, winner of the 2009 Stony Brook University Pre-College Division Concerto Competition. He will perform Vivaldi’s Concerto in G Minor along with the orchestra. Other musical selections will include excerpts from dance and orchestral music by Gershwin, Brahms, and Tchaikovsky featuring woodwind, brass, percussion, and string sections of the orchestra.  Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children and seniors. Tickets can be purchased at the Staller Center box office or by calling 632-ARTS.

Vaillancourt plays in the Setauket Elementary School Orchestra under the direction of Suzanne Califano. He has been playing violin and fiddle since he was five years old and loves to compose music as well. His composition for violin and piano, “Major Minor,” was performed this past spring at the Long Island Composers Alliance Student Concert and was selected for Honorable Mention at the New York State School Music Association annual statewide student composition competition.

For more information contact the Department of Music at 632-7330.

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