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University Orchestra Family Concert March 3 at Staller Center

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The University Orchestra will present its annual Family Concert on Tuesday, March 3, at 7:30 pm on Staller Center’s Main Stage. “Musical Excursions” is a one-hour interactive concert that is perfect for the entire family. The University Orchestra —made up of more

Cellist Yasmine Kocan
Cellist Yasmine Kocan

than 70 undergraduate students — is conducted by Susan Deaver and features soloist Yasmine Kocan, 14-year-old cellist and winner of the 2014 Stony Brook University Pre-College Concerto Competition. Yasmine, a freshman at Riverhead High School, will perform the first movement of the cello concerto by English composer Sir Edward Elgar with the University Orchestra.

The concert’s “music excursions” will take the audience to outer space with “Jupiter” from Holst’s “The Planets” and to the North Pole with highlights from the movie “Frozen,” as well as musical travels to England, France, Spain and the Americas.

Tickets are $5 for this year’s Family Concert, and are on sale at the Staller Center Box Office, or by calling (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

The University Orchestra includes more than 70 undergraduates.

Yasmine is principal cellist in Ninth Grade Orchestra and in the Riverhead High School Chamber Ensemble. She has participated in HMEA, SCMEA and LISFA music festivals. In September 2013 she was accepted to The Music Masters Fellowship Program conducted by cellist and conductor Nico O’larte Hayes. Yasmine is a member of the Metropolitan Youth Principal Orchestra conducted by Phil Preddice. She has performed with MYO at the Tilles Center and Carnegie Hall. On Saturdays Yasmine attends the Stony Brook University Pre-College Music Program where she studies chamber music under Tomoko Fujita. She plans to continue her cello studies with the hope of becoming a professional cellist.

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. 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 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.

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