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Liberty Symphony to perform
Contact: Deborah Maltby816-792-0437
January 25, 2007

Two William Jewell College student vocalists, Brittany Williams and Joshua Lawlor, have won William Jewell College’s Collegiate Artist Competition. They will perform with the Liberty Symphony Orchestra concert on Saturday, February 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Liberty Performing Arts Theatre at the Liberty Community Center. Tickets cost $18.00 for adults, $14.00 for seniors (62 and above), and $5.00 for students and are available by calling the Liberty Community Center at 816.792.6130.

Soprano Brittany Williams, a student of Ron Witzke, will sing two arias:
Porgi amor from The Marriage of Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Steal Me, Sweet Thief from The Old Maid and the Thief by Gian Carlo Menotti. Baritone Joshua Lawlor, who also won the competition two years ago, returns with a song cycle, Five Mystical Songs by Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Josh, a student of Kathy Price, says that he was eager to learn the song cycle for the audition. “It’s a fun collaboration with the orchestra,” he says. The senior music performance major from Olathe, KS adds that singing with the LSO two years ago helped his development as a vocalist: “It was my first major performance and those orchestra rehearsals were vital to me – such an awesome experience!”

Brittany, a junior who is also from Olathe, says she has never sung with a full orchestra before. According to Brittany, the audience will notice a drastic change in character between her two pieces. “In the Mozart, I play a queen who suspects her husband of cheating on her,“ Brittany explains. “It's a plea for love from the very depths of her soul. She would rather die than be betrayed. The Menotti, however, is a tad more light-hearted.”

Also at the concert, audience members will see a guest conductor as part of a podium exchange. Deborah Freedman, music director of the St. Joseph Symphony for the past 18 years, will be the guest conductor, bringing her own unique style to the performance. Tony Brandolino, music director of the Liberty Symphony, conducted the St. Joseph Symphony concert in December.

Deborah Freedman earned her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Minnesota and her Master’s and Ph.D. from the Peabody Conservatory. In addition to being a performer on the French horn, she directs the Missouri
Western State University Orchestra. She has served as Music Director of
the Maryland Women’s Symphony, Luther College Symphony Orchestra, Phoenix Choir and Chrysalis Singers, and the Cyllenian Chamber Ensemble.

“A guest conductor gives the audience and the musicians a chance to see a different face and a different concept of ensemble listening,” Brandolino says. “The orchestra musicians have an opportunity to develop new ideas on the pieces and have some established ideas reinforced.”

The concert will feature several familiar pieces of music, which Brandolino says will be enjoyable for the audience while helping the musicians grow musically. “I tried to choose some standard repertoire that both the professionals and the student musicians should become more familiar with.
We’ll be playing the complete Beethoven Fifth Symphony, including the famous ten-second opening that everybody knows.” The orchestra will also perform “Carmen Suite No. 1” by Georges Bizet.

To learn more about the Liberty Symphony Orchestra, please visit www.libertysymphony.org or call 816.415.7832.

The Liberty Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of music director Tony Brandolino, is composed of professional and community musicians as well as student musicians from local high schools and William Jewell College. The orchestra, a proud member of the American Symphony Orchestra League, performs four concerts each year at the Liberty Performing Arts Theatre (1600 South Withers). Season tickets for the 2006-2007 concert season are now available, and individual tickets are available through the Liberty Performing Arts Theatre at 816.792.6130. To learn more about the Liberty Symphony Orchestra, visit the Symphony’s website at www.libertysymphony.org or call 816.415.7832.

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