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Rhodes College Orchestra Goes On Tour

Publication Date: 2/24/2010

Orchestra Director Dr. Joseph Montelione and the Rhodes College Orchestra completed a three-day tour last week in Atlanta, Ga., to recruit future college students, to teach master classes, and to showcase their talent.

Says Montelione “The purpose of the tour was to let people outside the Rhodes community know that music is an exciting part of the Rhodes experience. We’re looking to attract the best and the brightest, those who have a certain musical intelligence and ability.”

The orchestra was invited to perform at the Georgia Aquarium, Zoo Atlanta, and the High Museum of Art. Their concert, titled “Voyage Francais,” featured French music including Paul Dukas’ “Fanfare from La Peri,” and Saint-Saens’ “Carnival of Animals.”

The recruiting tour is part of Montelione’s strategy to develop and build a tradition of excellence within the instrumental program at Rhodes. He explains, “In developing the instrumental program, we’re looking to help foster a student’s musical interest and to provide opportunities for them to continue to live their passion for music so that it can be a vital part of the overall Rhodes experience.”

In developing the instrumental program, Montelione stresses the importance of attracting non-music majors. “While the music department aims to attract students who have heard about the musical excellence of our ensembles and faculty and wish to major in music here at Rhodes, it is important to have a program that will allow the non-music major to continue their passion for music. In fact, 95 percent of the students in our orchestra are non-music majors,” he adds.

The orchestra also will perform at Rhodes on February 26 in the McCallum Ballroom of the Bryan Campus Life Center at 7:30 p.m. Along with pieces from the Atlanta tour, the concert will feature piano professor Tom Bryant, who will be performing Gershwin’s “An American in Paris” and cello professor Iren Zombor, who will perform Gabriel Faure′s “Elegie for Cello and Orchestra.”

(Information compiled by Rhodes Student Associate Brianna McCullough ′10.)

Tags: Arts/Performances, Campus Life, Faculty, Students

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