Alliance Symphony Orchestra to Present Concert

April 08, 2015

ALLIANCE – The Alliance Symphony Orchestra (ASO) will perform at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 12 in the Brush Performance Hall of the Giese Center for the Performing Arts.

Eric Benjamin, Music Director of the Alliance Symphony Orchestra, will conduct this program. Benjamin is in his fifth year as music director for the ASO and as an adjunct member of the of the music faculty at Mount Union. After graduating from the New England Conservatory with degrees in music education and orchestral conducting, Benjamin served as the resident conductor of the Akron Symphony, and is currently the music director of the Tuscarawas Philharmonic. He is in demand as a guest conductor with orchestras in Canton, Columbus, Cleveland, Wooster and Erie, Pennsylvania.

ASO will perform works by Giovanni Gabrieli, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Charles Ives, Eric Benjamin and Ottorino Respighi’s “Pines of Rome.” As part of this performance, Dr. Maira Liliestedt, associate professor of music, will perform “Mozart’s passionate Piano Concerto in D Minor,” the last portion of her three-part piano series, “Con Passione,” to conclude her spring sabbatical project.

Liliestedt earned a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Bowling Green State University and Master and Doctor of Music degrees in piano from the University of Cincinnati. She enjoys exploring the piano music of Romantic composers, focusing especially on the music of Sergei Rachmaninoff, Franz Liszt and Frederic Chopin. Liliestedt is also the director of “Piano Keys,” a piano recital that showcases the performances of advanced piano students and features some of the masterpieces of the piano repertoire.

Tickets for the ASO performance are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and free for students. All tickets will be sold 30 minutes prior to the concert. For more information, contact the University of Mount Union’s Office of Visual and Performing Arts at (330) 823-2180.

The Giese Center for the Performing Arts is located on the corner of Simpson Street and Union Avenue.

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