The Delbarton Abbey and Young Abbey Orchestras perform their
final concert for the season on Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 3:00 pm in the Fine
Arts Center at Delbarton School in Morristown.
The orchestras are comprised of dedicated music students
from the area who are looking for a fulfilling experience and stimulating
exposure to classical music. The Abbey concert is led by Norma Davis. Featured performers include Derrick Fondaco of Randolph, a Randolph High
School senior, who will play the Romanza for Viola and Orchestra Op.85, written
by Max Bruch (1838-1920), a complex work in the German Romantic musical
tradition. Fondaco has studied with Davis for the last six years and plays on
an instrument hand-crafted by her husband Steve Davis. Fondaco co-founded a music mentoring program that provides free lessons to elementary age players, and performs weekly at a local assisted living facility playing classical and
popular show tunes. He will attend Rutgers University in the fall as a
Presidential Scholar to study Food Science.
John Lee of Basking Ridge, a Delbarton senior and a student at
The Juilliard School Pre-College Division, will perform the 1st Allegretto
movement of Dmitri Shostakovich’s 1st cello concerto Op.107. John has received
numerous accolades for his music, among them the 1st prize in the Goldblatt
Scholarship Competition in 2007, semi-finalist in the Johansen International
Competition 2009 and 2012, and an alternate winner in the Dvorak Cello Concerto
Competition in 2009. This year he was named a YoungArts National Finalist. John
also premiered Mysterious Nights for the HBO documentary Music in Me. He enjoys composing and arranging music and plans to study math and music at Harvard this fall.
The full orchestra will perform Beethoven's 7th Symphony
which stands out for its rhythmic propulsion. (The 2nd movement is widely
recognized from the movie The Kings Speech.) Next, the Young Abbey Orchestra, conducted by Samantha Tomblin, opens its concert with transcriptions of Johann Strauss' favorite waltzes from Die Fledermaus, the compelling Gabriel Faure Pavane, a familiar section of Dvorak's New World Symphony #9 and an Adagio and Allegro Movements from a Concerto Grosso of Arcangelo Corelli.
The May 20th concert at Delbarton is free, open to the public and refreshments will be served following the performance. We encourage all music lovers to attend, and encourage you to bring friends, especially young musicians who may be inspired by the talents of other young performers.
Delbarton School is located at 230 Mendham Road in Morristown, three miles west of the Morristown Green.