DULUTH, MN -
The College of St. Scholastica's String Orchestra will perform a fall concert called "String Galore" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, in the Mitchell Auditorium on campus. The event is open to the public; tickets are $5.
Penny Schwarze, professor of music, will direct the orchestra, which will feature a sonata and concertos for strings from the Baroque, Classical and Traditional time periods.
"Baroque concertos truly showcase the glory of string instruments," notes Schwarze. "They were written in the golden age of the violin."
Violinist Olivia Beisler and pianist Emily Valine will play Beethoven's "Spring" sonata - one of his most popular sonatas for violin and piano.
Beisler will also play J.S. Bach's "Concerto in A minor." She will join violinists Ericka McGovern, Emily Hall and Sarah Gaveske to play Antonio Vivaldi's "Concerto for Four Violins in B minor, Op. 3, No. 10." Valine will play harpsichord in the two
The orchestra will also play music from two traditional Irish dances.
Members of the string orchestra are: Olivia Beisler, Jordyn Gardner, Sarah Gaveske, Miles Hagen, Emily Hall, Ericka McGovern, and Daniel Sawyer on violin; Jennifer Marcussen and Alexa Verner on violas; and Matthew LeMon on bass.
The College of St. Scholastica is regularly recognized as one of the finest colleges in the Midwest. The 2013 "America's Best Colleges" survey by U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks St. Scholastica in the top tier of Midwestern universities. The
Washington Post has rated St. Scholastica as one of the nation's 100 "hidden gems" among U.S. colleges and universities.