Stony Brook University Orchestra will present its final concert of the season on Tuesday, May 4, on Staller Center’s Main Stage at 8:00 pm. The concert will feature flutist Ray Furuta, winner of the 2010 Undergraduate Concerto Competition, who will perform Carl Reinecke’s Concerto in D Major for Flute and Orchestra. Conductor Susan Deaver will also lead the University Orchestra in performances of Antonin Dvorák’s Symphony No. 9 “New World,” Camille Saint-Saens’ Danse Bacchanale from Samson and Dalila, and Joaquin Turina’s La Procession du Rocio.
The University Orchestra is a 70-member all-student ensemble of graduate and undergraduate students from Stony Brook University. Deaver has conducted orchestras in the United States, Europe, and Asia and is currently in her ninth year as music director and conductor of the University Orchestra at Stony Brook. She is also music director and conductor of the North Shore Symphony Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of Long Island Youth Orchestra, and on the faculty of Manhattan School of Music’s Pre-college Division.
Furuta has performed throughout the United States and has toured Spain, Austria, Czech-Republic, Hungary, and Poland. He has participated in the Banff and Sarasota Music Festivals and has been a featured performer for The Long Beach Mozart Festival and The San Diego Flute Guild Festival. He was a prize winner of the 2008 Long Beach Mozart Festival Competition, the 2008 San Diego Flute Guild Competition, and the 2007 UCSB Concerto Competition, and has held principal positions in the Sarasota Music Festival Orchestra, Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra, UCSB Symphony, and UCSB Ensemble for Contemporary Music. Furuta has performed for many prominent flutists and has collaborated with many distinguished artists. He was recently appointed flutist for the North Shore Pro Musica Concert Series. His principal teachers include Carol Wincenc, Jill Felber, Isabelle Chapuis-Starr, and Elena Yarritu.
Tickets are $10 general; $5 for all students, seniors, and children under 18. For tickets, visit the Staller Center Box Office or call 632-ARTS. For more information about the University Orchestra visit www.stonybrook.edu/music or call 632-7330.