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University Orchestra Concert November 12 at Staller Center

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The University Orchestra will present a concert Tuesday, November 12, on Staller Center’s Main Stage at 8 pm. Featured soloists are violinist Philip Carter and clarinetist David Davani, winners of the 2013 Undergraduate Concerto Competition. Carter will perform Saint Saen’s Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso and David Davani will perform Copland’s Clarinet Concerto with the University Orchestra. The concert will also include Elgar’s Imperial March and Brahms Symphony No. 2 performed by the University Orchestra with Susan Deaver, conductor.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students and seniors, and are on sale at the Staller Center Box Office (631) 632-ARTS. For more information about the University Orchestra visit the Department of Music website or call (631) 632-7330.

About the Perfomers
The University Orchestra, a 70-member all-student ensemble of undergraduate students from Stony Brook University, presents a series of concerts each year at Staller Center including the annual Messiah Sing-Along and the annual Family 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 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 Precollege Division.

Philip Carter, violin

Philip Carter
Philip Carter is from Philadelphia, PA and has enjoyed playing music since the age of five. He began learning on the piano with his father at home and at age nine, entered the violin studio of Mr. Lee Snyder at Settlement Music School.  During his teenage years, Philip was actively involved in chamber music and participated in numerous ensembles, most notably the Auger Contemporary Quartet (coached by Linda Reichert), the Braverman String Quartet (coached by Sidney Curtiss), and the Myer Schwartz Piano Trio (coached by Sandra Carlock), all as part of SMS’s Advanced Study Scholarship program. Philip also spent two summers at Music in the Mountains, PA, and a small chamber music camp where members of the Philadelphia Trio – Barbara Sonies and Deborah Reeder, coached him.  At seventeen Philip began studying viola as well and entered the studio of violinist/violist Xiao-Fu Zhou, with whom he studied for two years. Philip has performed in master classes given by Pamela Frank, Ida Levin, Ida Kavafian, Ivan Chan, and Soovin Kim.  As a soloist, Philip has performed with Cairn University Symphony, Ambler Symphony, Old York Road Symphony, Kennett Symphony, and the Philadelphia Sinfonia. Philip is a junior at Stony Brook, and studies in the private studios of Soovin Kim, Philip Setzer, and Joanna Kaczorowska.

David Davani, clarinet

David Davani
David Davani, clarinet student of Professor Alan Kay and Principal Clarinet of the University Orchestra, is a sophomore in the Honors College at Stony Brook University. He began his clarinet studies in the sixth grade at Mannes College The New School for Music preparatory division and was accepted into their rigorous honors program in the ninth grade where he was an active solo and chamber player in recitals each semester. In 2011, he was the winner of Mannes Prep’s concerto competition performing Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto. David is also a National YoungArts Foundation winner for both voice and clarinet. In addition to playing clarinet, David is passionate about opera, music composition, and conducting. He is also deeply involved in biological research and was a 2012 Intel semi-finalist. This August, he was presented with a Congressional Award for his hundreds of hours of community service including performing at fundraisers to benefit Autism Speaks and Winthrop-University Hospital’s Child Life Program for children with serious trauma and diseases. David would like to express his appreciation to the music department for making his Stony Brook University performance experience an excellent one, as well as his musical peers for whom he values for their energy, enthusiasm, and dedication to fine classical music making.

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