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University Symphony concert features Concerto Competition winners

November 2, 2009

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The Indiana State University Symphony Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12 in the newly renovated auditorium in University Hall on ISU's campus.

Three winners of the annual Paul W. Hagan Concerto/Aria Auditions will perform with the University Symphony.

The concert will begin with one of the greatest works of Rossini, his Overture to "The Barber of Seville."

Tchaikovsky's "Variations on a Rococo Theme" will be performed by cellist Christian Schrock, a sophomore from Covington.

Schrock is a junior cello performance major at Indiana State. He is an honor student as well as principal cellist in the University Symphony. He has also been a section cellist for the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra, a regional professional orchestra, since 2007. In 2007, Schrock won the Allan Keller Young Artist Competition which led to a solo appearance with the Lafayette Symphony. He is active as a free lance artist and maintains a private cello studio.

Tara Cody, a senior from Avon, will then sing "Chi il bel sogno" from "La Rondine" by Puccini, and "Glitter and Be Gay" from "Candide," by Leonard Bernstein.

Cody is a senior choral and general music education major. While a student at ISU, she has been a member of a number of ensembles including Concert Choir, Women's Glee Club, Sycamore Singers, and Opera Workshop. She has placed in several National Association of Teachers of Singing Competitions at both the state and regional levels and is also a recipient of the Gertrude F. Meyer scholarship. Cody has been chosen twice to perform in the annual Honors Recital.

Kurt Baer, a senior from Terre Haute, will then join the orchestra for a French work by Darius Milhaud, "Scaramouche" for saxophone and orchestra.

Baer is a senior pursuing a liberal arts degree in music. During his stay at ISU, he has been involved with several university ensembles, including the Wind Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combos, and Basketball Band. He is a Presidential Scholar, member of the Honors Program, and a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda music honor society. He has twice been selected to perform for the Indiana State University Honors Recital. As the soprano saxophonist of the Nomine Saxophone Quartet, Baer has performed in the Terre Haute area, Chicago, and in Thailand for the 15th World Saxophone Congress.

The concert will conclude with "Buckaroo Holiday" from Aaron Copland's ballet "Rodeo."

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 812-237-2771.

Contact: William Davis, associate professor of music, (812) 237-2742 or  
Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, (812) 237-3783 or