The University Orchestra will present its Annual Family Orchestra Concert — “The Magic of Music” — on Tuesday, February 28, on Staller Center’s Main Stage at 7:30 pm. The Orchestra will perform this one-hour interactive concert with conductor Susan Deaver and featured soloist Emily Ramonetti, winner of the 2016 Stony Brook University Pre-College Concerto Competition. Emily, a senior at Northport High School, will perform the first movement of Shostakovich’s Piano Concert No. 2 with the Orchestra.
The concert includes pieces that humorously showcase the orchestra, including Saint-Saens’ Danse Bacchanale, Mozart’s Overture to the Magic Flute, works by two American composers — Alfred Reed and George Whitefield Chadwick — and a tribute to Leonard Bernstein with selections from West Side Story. The evening’s concert will feature strings, brass, woodwind and percussion sections of the University Orchestra, which is a full orchestra of over 70 undergraduate students from Stony Brook University.
Tickets are all $5 and can be purchased online or at the Staller Center Box Office, (631) 632-ARTS. For more information about the University Orchestra, contact the Department of Music at (631) 632-7330 or visit the website.
About the Performers
Emily Ramonetti, a senior at Northport High School, is 17 years old and has studied piano since she was 3 years old. Her current teacher is Lawrence Schubert, with whom she’s been studying since July 2016. Emily has been part of the Stony Brook Pre-College program since 10th grade. In addition to being a proficient pianist and violinist, Emily is also a composer and is planning to major in Composition and Piano Performance in college. She is excited to share this wonderful concerto — Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2 — in performance with the University Orchestra for the audience at the Annual Family Orchestra Concert.
The University Orchestra is a 70-member all-student ensemble of undergraduate students from Stony Brook University. The Orchestra presents a series of concerts each year at Staller Center, including the annual Messiah Sing-Along and the annual Family Orchestra Concert. Conductor Susan Deaver has led orchestras in the United States, Europe and Asia and is a member of the music faculty at Stony Brook University. She was also music director and conductor of the North Shore Symphony Orchestra for 25 years and is currently principal guest conductor of Long Island Youth Orchestra, and on the faculty of Manhattan School of Music’s Precollege Division.