Southeastern Symphony Orchestra to present ‘An Evening in Vienna’

Monday, November 20, 2017 Victor Correa-Cruz
by: Tonya Lowentritt

AN EVENING IN VIENNA - Victor Correa-Cruz will make his conducting debut at Southeastern Louisiana University’s Symphony Orchestra concert, “An Evening in Vienna,” on Nov. 29, at 7:30 p.m., in Pottle Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.

     HAMMOND – “An Evening in Vienna,” a concert by the Southeastern Louisiana University Symphony Orchestra, will be presented at Pottle Auditorium on Nov 29.
     Featuring a variety of music from Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, the concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
     The program includes pieces composed in the classical style, such as Mozart’s Overture to “The Magic Flute,” Beethoven’s “Romance for Violin and Orchestra Op. 50,” and Haydn’s “Symphony No. 104” nicknamed “London.”    
     The presentation is the inaugural concert for Orchestra Director and Assistant Professor of Violin Victor Correa-Cruz, who joined the Southeastern music faculty last month.
     “The composers featured in the concert used 18th century Vienna as their base to learn and develop their careers, and from there they irradiated a strong influence that has determined the path of classical music,” he said. “We seek to get lasting inspiration from the music of these Viennese composers, whose creations have become milestones in the history of Western music.”
     Correa-Cruz said these pieces are real challenges for any orchestra, and he is excited about this concert as well as the future of the Southeastern Symphony Orchestra.
     “I look forward to presenting main symphonic works by the great masters of the past, as well as promoting new music. Young and consolidated soloists will find their space too, and future seasons will include family, pedagogical and pops concerts.”
     Born in Spain, Correa-Cruz earned his degrees in violin and chamber music at El Escorial and Madrid Conservatories, where he studied with violinist Pedro León. He was a violin major at Indiana University, where he finished his master’s degree as a student of Nelli Shkolnikova.
     In 2010 Correa-Cruz founded the Orquesta de Cámara Extremeña, with selected musicians from Extremadura, Spain. Acting as its concertmaster and conductor, the ensemble has been acclaimed as one of the most solid and promising groups of the Spanish new generation.
     Before joining the faculty at Southeastern, he was the head of the String Quartet Department at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Salamanca in Spain and taught violin and orchestra in Madrid at the prestigious Conservatorio “Adolfo Salazar.” A significant number of his students have won national and international awards.    
     Correa-Cruz said the concert will also feature violin soloist Madison Day of Philadelphia, who will perform the violin part of the “Romance Op. 50” for violin and orchestra by Beethoven.
     A graduate of The Juilliard School, Day made her solo debut with the Ocean City Pops Orchestra at the age of 11. She has placed first in numerous competitions and has performed as a soloist with the PIMF Chamber Orchestra, Temple Music Prep’s Youth Chamber Orchestra, the Manalapan Battleground Symphony, the PBU Orchestra, the Ocean City Pops Orchestra, the Warminster Symphony, Ambler Symphony, and the Lower Merion Symphony.
     Day is a Starling Scholar, a selected participant of the Juilliard School’s Gluck Community Fellowship program, and a recipient of the Braverman String Quartet Scholarship.
     She has a private violin studio in the Philadelphia area, is the teaching assistant to Kimberly Fisher, and is an Artist in Residence at Temple University. Day is currently the assistant artistic director of the Philadelphia International Music Festival.
     For more information about the concert, contact the Department of Music and Performing Arts at 985-549-2184.

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