Midwinter Orchestra Concert Makes for a Great Night to Stay In and Relax


The Bucknell University Orchestra, conducted by Professor Christopher Para, recently put on its Midwinter this past Saturday, February 16th. The concert featured the "Masquerade Suite" by Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978) for which the first movement, "Waltz", is often used in figure skating routines (a favorite of Russian routines especially), the overture to "Pique Dame" (the only remaining portion of the opera) by Franz von Suppé (1819-1895).  The "Masquerade Suite" also featured soloists Justin Meshulam ’15 (clarinet) and Charlie Wang ’17 (first-chair First Violin). However, the main attraction was the collaboration with members* from the Bucknell Opera Company, who are later putting on their production of “The Magic Flute”, composed by W.A. Mozart (1756-1791). This section of the concert included the opera’s overture, three arias, and a trio from the work. The overall difficulty of the works that the orchestra performed was quite difficult, especially since there wasn’t a lot of practice time for the collaboration with the guest artists from the Opera Company for that portion. However, the orchestra played beautifully and honored the pieces greatly in their performance.  Fellow CV journalist and violinist Laura Yoo commented on the collaboration. “It’s so great to be able to work with other students and how quickly we were able to put this together. It was so much fun!”

It was an amazing night of music, collaboration, and a testament to the astounding talent in our classmates all around us.

Take a look at our event calendar for upcoming performances from both the Bucknell University Orchestra and the Opera Company.

*The guest artists from the Bucknell Opera Company included Tom Carle ’14, Anissa Corser ’14, Joanna Malaszczyk ’15, Bryan Wills ’15, and Tim Lambert ’17.