Carroll Community College and McDaniel College Present the Westminster Symphony Orchestra

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

The Westminster Symphony Orchestra (WSO) will perform their annual free spring concert on Saturday, May 6 at 3 p.m. at Carroll Community College (Carroll) in the Theater in the Scott Center. The college is located at 1601 Washington Road in Westminster, Md.  

The WSO is comprised of students from both Carroll Community and McDaniel Colleges. It is also open to members of the community who play orchestral instruments.  

Dr. Linda Kirkpatrick is the director of the WSO and Cindy Rosenberg is the assistant director. Kirkpatrick is director of Instrumental Music Studies at McDaniel. Rosenberg is a faculty member at Carroll who serves as liaison between the two colleges for the WSO.  

The May 6 concert is titled “Many Moods” and features faculty member Alice Tung playing Bruch’s Romanze for Viola in F Major, Op. 85.  

Alice Tung is a member of the Maryland Symphony and the Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra. Former principal violist and soloist of the Frederick Symphony Orchestra, Tung also performs in orchestras throughout the northeast region including Virginia’s Alexandria and Fairfax Symphony Orchestras. She received her Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance from the Eastman School of Music and her Master of Music in Viola Performance from the Peabody Conservatory.  

She is a faculty member at Carroll Community College, McDaniel College and a former faculty member at Frederick Community College. Her students have won multiple scholarships and have gone on to pursue music degrees including at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music in Scotland.  

Also on the program is CPE Bach—Sinfonie No. 6 in E; Dag Wiren—Serenade for String Orchestra; Alexander Borodin—In the Steppes of Central Asia; and Gioacchino Rossini—The Barber of Seville Overture.  

“This spring, our program covers many time periods of composition: we start in the Classical period with a "Sturm und Drang" symphony by C.P.E. Bach, a composer usually not associated with orchestral music,” said Kirkpatrick. “The music from this time period abruptly changes moods and sentiments, with frequently changing dynamics and tempos.The viola feature, by Max Bruch, is written in the Romantic style of composition, while the remaining works include music from the late classical era up through the 20th century. In order to send the audience home with a familiar tune in their heads, we are concluding the program with the well-known overture from the opera "The Barber of Seville."  

“Classical music has the power to evoke the entire spectrum of human emotion, from joy to sadness and from agitation to calm. Sometimes all it takes is a change of key, or the introduction of a specific instrument at just the right moment to send the listener in a completely new emotional direction!” said Rosenberg.

“Attending a performance by a symphony orchestra typically requires travel to Baltimore or Washington, D.C.,” said Eric McCullough, director of Music at Carroll. “The WSO provides a unique opportunity to area musicians and audiences by allowing them to receive the full orchestral experience close to home. The WSO also provides music students and community members with the opportunity to gain the invaluable experience of performing in a full symphony orchestra.”

Performers include:  

McDaniel students: James Abdu, Cachet Burke, Jonathan Nepini, Maxwell Seigel, Fabiola Castillo, Robin Minch, Brandon Schlichtig; Alec Hedstrom, Michael Nepini, Ryan Grant
McDaniel faculty
: Nicholas Currie, violin instructor; Alice Tung, viola instructor; Lynn Fleming, bass instructor; Rachel Andrews, piano faculty, playing harpsicord; Nicolas Reider, trumpet instructor; Lynne Griffith, French Horn instructor.
Community members
: Christina Cook, James Tung, Gracie McNeal, Carolyn Taylor, Grace Boyd, Ashley Edwards, Jude Flynn-Lebischak; J.P. Neubert, Deborah Handley; Barbara Bowen, Elisabeth Plescia; Jennifer Leitzel; Galen Leitzel; Robert Sirois, Emma Neubert; Edward Hermoso; Joey Andrews; Mason Hare; Danielle Mora; Chuck Siegel, Frank Taylor; Samuel Jones; Betsy Hiner.    

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