President's Concerto-Aria Concert

President’s Concerto-Aria Concert

By: Richard Wagner

orchestra of young musicians playing music while seated on a black stage inside a large concert hallThe University of Tulsa Symphony Orchestra concluded its 2021-22 performance season with the President’s Concerto-Aria Concert on Monday, April 25, in the Lorton Performance Center’s Gussman Concert Hall. The concert featured the 2022 TU Symphony Concerto-Aria winners: Jessi Rhinehart and Madyson Mitchell, sopranos, both vocal performance students of Judith Pannill Raiford; Ben Reyes, cello, student of Diane Bucchianeri; and Alina Ryzhkova, piano performance student of Roger Price.

TU President Brad Carson opened the concert with remarks, describing the central role music has had in TU’s history and emphasizing its importance moving forward. School of Music Director Richard Wagner conducted the orchestra. Before the final selection, Wagner introduced each of the orchestra’s graduating seniors and dedicated the performance to the many TU musicians who missed the opportunity to perform the previous two years due to COVID-19.

large group of musicians on a stage with the conductor waving his right arm“Hoe Down,” from “Rodeo
Aaron Copland (1900-90)

“Bester Jüngling,” from “Der Schauspieldirektor
W. A. Mozart (1756-91)
Jessi Rhinehart, soprano

Cello Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 49 III. Allegro molto
Dmitri Kabalevsky (1904-87)
Ben Reyes, cello

“Měsíčku na nebi hlubokém,” from Rusalka
Antonin Dvořák (1841-1904)
Madyson Mitchell, soprano

Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major, Op. 26 I. Andante-Allegro
Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)
Alina Ryzhkova, piano

L’Arlésienne Suite No. 2, IV. Farandole
Georges Bizet (1838-75)