McDaniel College and Carroll Community College Present the Westminster Symphony Orchestra

Release Date
Sylvia Blair, Carroll Community College, 410-386-8411
Press Release

The Westminster Symphony Orchestra will perform the annual spring concert Saturday, May 7 at 3:00 p.m. at Carroll Community College’s Theater in the Scott Center.   The orchestra, composed of McDaniel College students as well as Carroll Community College students and community musicians, is under the direction of Dr. Linda Kirkpatrick. 

“Carroll Community College is pleased to partner with McDaniel College in presenting music of the highest caliber to residents of the county and of the region,” said Carroll Community College President Dr. James D. Ball. “Music transforms the listener to a place in which there is no other sound besides the notes being played in the moment. The musicians performing and the listening audience are mutual beneficiaries.” 

“Each piece we are playing in this program has caused some type of transformation, from changing a composer’s perspective to galvanizing an entire society, to reaching across genres to create something new,” said Cindy Rosenberg, assistant director of the Westminster Symphony Orchestra. 

“Among the concert’s highlights will be Stravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite, which features a quintet of string soloists, and was “written in the style of a Baroque Concerto Grosso,” says Kirkpatrick.  Pulcinella was originally a ballet from the composer’s neoclassical phase, which he describes as “a look in the mirror.”  

“We are also performing Mozart “Symphony No. 25 in G minor,” which is used in the movie ‘Amadeus,’ about Mozart's life,” said Kirkpatrick. Mozart wrote “Symphony No. 25 in G Minor” after being exposed to the Sturm and Drang movement, which was a rebellion against the sentimentality and rationality of the Baroque.   

Other pieces on the program are Bartok's Romanian Folk Dances and Sibelius' “Finlandia,” which was originally written for a protest movement against Russian rule in Finland. 

Soloist Performance

 Canadian-born violinist Nicholas Currie will perform as soloist. He is the assistant concertmaster of Concert Artists of Baltimore, assistant concertmaster of the Annapolis Symphony, and concertmaster of the Mid-Atlantic Symphony. Mr. Currie is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, where he studied with the late Berl Senofsky. Nicholas also studied with the late Bernard Eichen, member of the Beaux Arts Quartet, at Illinois State University. 

McDaniel students in the WSO include Emma Carter, Fab Castillo, Ryan Grant, Matthew Hopson, Andrew Kenyon, Rebeca Minch, Jonathan Nepini, Michael Nepini, Riley Palmer, Emma Piper, Miranda Schmidt, and Maxwell Seigel.  Joining them are McDaniel music department members Nick Currie, Lynn Fleming, Lynne Griffith, Nicholas Reider, and Alice Tung. 

College students Ryan Dowling and Lindsay Sanctis (Carroll Community College) and Daniel Ostrow (Towson University) are also in the WSO, as are community music students Joey Andrews, Christian Hartman, and Elsie Mckenzie.  Community musicians involved are Barbara Bowen, Christina Cook, Steven Davis, Samantha DeJordy, Eddie Hermoso, Harriet Katz, Mark Klein, Gracie McNeal, Danielle Mora, Brad Morie, Jeanne Niebel, Nick Patterson, Carisse Phillips, Michael Polonchak, Cindy Rosenberg, Janice Rusnak, Neil Ruther, Chuck Siegel, Rob Sirois, Kevin Solomowitz, Brian Thompson, and Robert Ungaretti. 

Admission is free. For more information, call 410-386-8575.