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April 25, 2014

Wind Ensemble to present concert

The Catskill Valley Wind Ensemble, under the director of Scott Rabeler, will present its spring concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 4, in Oneonta’s First United Methodist Church. 

Features will include Charles Schneider as guest conductor and Sunny Li-Ju Chen as marimba soloist. The concert is free and open to the public, with donations accepted.

Schneider has been the music director and conductor of the Catskill and Schenectady symphony orchestras for more than 40 years, and was the founding conductor of the Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra. In a media release, presenters said his selections — Beethoven’s “Egmont Overture,” “the Triumphal March” from Verdi’s “Aida,” and a medley from Bernstein’s “West Side Story” — reflect his rich experience as a symphonic, operatic and Broadway conductor.

Chen, who teaches music in the Oneonta schools and conducts the middle school band, holds degrees in percussion performance, conducting, and music education from Soo-Chow University in Taiwan, Florida International University, and Oklahoma State University. She will present the challenging first movement of David R. Gillingham’s Concerto No. 2 for Marimba and Wind Ensemble.

Rabeler will lead the ensemble in performances of H. Owen Reed’s “La Fiesta Mexicana,” Henry Fillmore’s “His Honor” march, and a medley of march selections from Meredith Wilson’s “The Music Man” as arranged by Leroy Anderson.

For more information, call 432-7085 or go to www.catskillwinds.com.

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