Concert features acclaimed cellist

Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra performs April 28

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Acclaimed cellist Glenn Fischbach will join the Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra for its spring concert on Sunday, April 28. The concert will be held at 3 p.m. in the Kennedy Family Theatre on the Barton campus. Mark N. Peterson, director of music at Barton College, will be conducting. Fischbach will be performing Edward Elgar’s dramatic Cello Concerto in E minor.

“Glenn played a wonderful concert with us 10 years ago,” Peterson said. “His choice of the Elgar concerto fits in beautifully with our concert of music by English composers. This is a great opportunity for our public to hear this important concerto.” Elgar wrote his cello concerto in 1919, just after the Great War. Appalled and disillusioned by the suffering caused by the war, Elgar poured his feelings into this, his final composition for orchestra.

Fischbach is a graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Orlando Cole and William Stokking. Following graduation, he spent six seasons as principal cellist of the Savannah Symphony Orchestra. Currently, Fischbach is the acting principal cellist of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and performs regularly as a substitute musician with The Philadelphia Orchestra. Additionally, he serves on the faculty of Temple University’s Music Preparatory Division.

Fischbach comes from a musical family. His father, Gerald, is a retired member of the violin faculty at the University of Maryland, College Park, and is the co-author of the well known “Viva Vibrato!” method books. His brother, Garrett, is a violist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and his sister, Erica, is the academy principal of the Colorado Ballet and a former dancer with the American Ballet Theatre in New York.

Rounding out this concert of English composers, the Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra will perform works by Ralph Vaughan Williams and William Walton.

Following the concert, the audience is invited to meet the musicians at a reception, hosted by ARAMARK Higher Education, in the Bridgestone Americas Atrium of the Kennedy Family Theatre.

Admission for the spring orchestra performance will be $10 at the door or by season ticket.

All students within the community will be admitted free of charge as well as faculty, staff and students of Barton College. For additional information, contact Mark Peterson at 252-399-6535 or mpeterson@barton.edu.