The University of Alberta Symphony Orchestra Tanya Prochazka, director Cantando Festival Winspear Centre, Edmonton 8:00 pm. April 22, 2008 Academic Festival Overture Opus 80 (1881) Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) Légende, Op.66 for Saxophone and orchestra (1919) Soloist Allison Balcetis, saxophone Florent Schmitt (1870-1958) Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No.2 in E flat major (1848) Soloist Jean Paul Ksiasek, piano I. Allegro maestoso II. Quasi adagio III. Allegretto vivace-Allegro animato IV. Allegro arziale animato Liszt, Franz (1811-1886) UNIVERSITY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Tanya Prochazka, Conductor Cantando Festival April 22, 2008 Violin Gabor Bartok Jessica Boyd Alexandra Campbell Janet Chung Martine denBok** Miriam Herbold Yoko Ito Cynthia Johnston Amy Kao Elizabeth Krejcar Krystal Mah Marie Alice Mandich Justin McKibbin Carsten Moldenhauer Sarah Nobary Agnes Pakozdi Krista Quapp Darrell Soetaert Jon Styles Lauren Tyrrell Charles Wong Viola Natasha Byrne Deborah Chang Jeanette Comeau* Daniel Eggert Kenneth Heise Julia Hui Robin Leicht Michelle Moroz Cello John Fedor Kevin Kim Martin Kloppers Eric Lam Kathleen Ludwig* Amy McClary* Otto Nuoranne Adrian Rys Julian Savaryn Remko van der Hurk French Horn Leif Anderson Ryan Hemphill Olwyn Supeene* Stephanie Wichuck Trumpet Eric Crowther Katie Janhsen* Sara Mills Trombone Mark Soares Craig Goueffic* Bass Trombone Keat Machtemes Tuba Samantha Sobota* Harp Megan Kan Celesta Denis Arseneau Timpani Stephen Stone* Percussion Tina Chia Roy Coulthard Reg Kachonowski Bass Blake Chartrand Monica Jenkins Roxanne Nesbitt* Mark Radosh Robyn Reekie Ted Tessier Flute/piccolo Lindsay Elford* Adam Ferland Leigh Anne Rattray Stefanie Wermann Oboe/cor anglais Christa Eriksson Matt Jaffray Alyssa Miller* Bassoon Matthew Howatt Matthew Nickel Clarinet Amber Campbell* Tammy Kam Marianne Roos* Nita Sankar Bass Clarinet Morgan Richardson **denotes Concertmaster *denotes rotating section leader (principal) BIOGRAPHIES The University Symphony Orchestra As well as being the University of Alberta´s Music Department´s Symphony Orchestra, the University Symphony Orchestra (USO), conducted by Professor Tanya Prochazka, represents the whole University. In addition to the students of the Music Department, players come from almost every U of A faculty and from the ranks of the alumni. The USO's mandate is to prepare music students thoroughly for professional symphony orchestra life. It performs a wide range of orchestral literature from the Classical period to music of the present day. The University Symphony Orchestra gives three concerts in the University's Convocation Hall each year, and every alternate year performs an opera with the Music Department´s Opera Workshop and a concert in the Winspear Centre for Music. It also performs regularly for the Cantando Festival. The USO divides up into the Academy Winds and Percussion Ensemble, and the string sections of the USO form the Academy Strings Orchestra. Both groups perform regularly and Academy Strings has toured with great acclaim in Europe, Cuba and Canada. The USO is planning to tour Western Canada and China in May 2010. Allison Balcetis, saxophone soloist Nebraska native Allison Balcetis holds a Bachelor's degree in music performance and music education from Bowling Green State University in Ohio where she graduated with honors. While at BGSU, Allison was an active chamber musician, winning the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in 2005. She also toured Northern Italy giving concerts as a participant in the Faenza Estate Musica. From 2005 to 2007 Allison became the first saxophonist to earn a joint degree from the Conservatoire National de Region de Bordeaux and the Universite de Bordeaux where she studied with saxophonists Marie-Bernadette Charrier, JeanMarie Londeix, Jean-Michel Goury, and the Habanera Saxophone Quartet. While in Bordeaux Allison collaborated with composers and premiered several works, one of which at the World Saxophone Congress in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Currently Allison is a member of the Anubis Quartet, comprised of colleagues from BGSU and France, and participates in various chamber music ensembles at the University of Alberta. A student of Dr. William Street's, Allison is working on her Doctorate in Musical Arts at the University of Alberta. John-Paul Ksiazek, piano soloist A native of Lethbridge, Alberta, John-Paul Ksiazek is currently completing a master’s degree in piano performance at the University of Alberta after receiving a bachelor of music degree from the University of Lethbridge. This past fall Mr. Ksiazek placed 2nd in the University of Alberta Symphony Orchestra’s Concerto Competition, and in 2006 placed 5th in the Canadian Music Competition and 2nd in the senior piano class of the Alberta Kiwanis Music Festival. His varied interests include yoga, athletics, literature, history, and aviation. Mr. Ksiazek has studied with Jacques Després, Patricia Tao, and Janet Scott Hoyt at the University of Alberta and Glen Montgomery at the University of Lethbridge, and has performed in master classes with Richard Goode, Maneli Pirzadeh, JeanPaul Sevilla, and Jimmy Brière. Tanya Prochazka, director Born in Melbourne Australia, Tanya Prochazka studied at the Paris Conservatoire with Andre Navarra and in Bloomington, Indiana with Janos Starker. She has played throughout Europe, North America, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and Australia. Ms. Prochazka moved to Edmonton from London, England with her family in 1986. She became Professor of Cello and Conductor of the University Symphony and Academy Strings Orchestras at the University of Alberta in 1998. One of Canada’s leading cellists, she performs repertoire from the Baroque to the present day. Highlights of her recent career include world premiere performances of concertos by Alfred Fisher and Malcolm Forsyth, performing string quartets in the natural concert halls of the Grand Canyon and leading a very successful tour of Cuba with the Academy Strings Orchestra. Ms. Prochazka has also produced a number of CDs, including the world premiere recording of the New Goldberg Variations with pianist Jacques Despres.