Dr. Joan Griffing directs the EMU orchestra in an earlier concert in Lehman Auditorium. Photo by Michael Spory

EMU Orchestra Offers ‘Fantastique’ Performance

The Eastern Mennonite University orchestra will be in concert 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Mar. 31 in Lehman Auditorium at EMU.

Dr. Joan Griffing, professor of music, and senior music student Ben Bergey will share conducting responsibilities in Hector Berlioz’ famous “Symphonie Fantastique,” in which the composer vividly portrays his
obsession with his beloved through music.

Three EMU students were selected to perform as soloists with the orchestra in the biannual concerto/aria competition. Heidi Bauman, soprano, will perform an aria from “The Magic Flute” by Mozart; Phillip Martin, pianist, will perform the finale from Grieg’s “Piano Concerto in A Minor,” and Meg Smeltzer, violinist, will perform the first movement of Mozart’s “Violin Concerto in D Major.”

Admission to the concert is free. Donations are welcomed for the EMU music scholarship fund.