April 20, 2001
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass. - The orchestra and chamber music ensembles of Amherst College will present three free concerts in Buckley Recital Hall at the college.

The Amherst College Orchestra will perform on Saturday, April 28, at 8 p.m. They will be joined by student soloists who recently won the concerto competition at the college. Darcy Ogden '01 will be the soloist for "Poem for Flute and Orchestra" by Charles Griffes, Aaron Butler '02 will be the soloist for the Piano Concerto no.2, op.40 by Felix Mendelssohn and Tony Xu '01 will be the soloist for the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto no.2, op.18. Lanfranco Marcelletti will conduct; Miriam Teitel '00 is the assistant director.

The Tsrema String Quartet will perform on Saturday, May 5, at 3 p.m. featuring works by Brahms, Shostakovitch and Lewis Spratlan, the Peter R. Pouncey Professor of Music at Amherst. Spratlan won the Pulitzer Prize last year for his opera, "Life is a Dream."

The chamber groups of the orchestra will perform on Tuesday, May 8, at 8 p.m. The program will include the Overture "La Peri" for brass ensemble by Dukas, the Sinfonia for Winds by Donizetti, the Symphony no. 32 of Mozart, the Bach Brandenburg Concerto no. 6 with Stephen Ruckman '01, David Abramowicz '01 and Jonathan Min '01 as soloists, and the Brahms Violin Sonata.

Lanfranco Marcelletti received advanced degrees from the Yale University School of Music and is the director of instrumental music at Amherst.