Kevin M. Geraldi, conductor Suzanne Polak, piano Winner, Student Artist Competition Aidan McManis, graduate conductor
Symphony in Purple
Piano Concerto no. 2 in F Major, op. 102
Symphony no. 9 in E minor, op. 95, “From the New World”
Audiences and Tickets
Tickets are required to attend any concert or recital in person. You must pre-register for a ticket at the link provided (eTix) prior to the event. For purposes of contract tracing, patrons must sit in their assigned seat.
Face coverings that cover the nose and mouth must be worn by all patrons while inside the performance hall.
Suzanne U. Polak is a versatile artist. She has worked as a substitute keyboardist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, appearing under the batons of Marvin Hamlisch and Manfred Honeck; as Acting Principal with the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra and Virginia Symphony Orchestra; substitute with the North Carolina Symphony and the West Virginia Symphony; also with Charlotte Symphony Orchestra on keyboard, harpsichord, and dulcimer; and appeared with the PSO as a soloist on Carnival of the Animals, playing organ for a performance of Richard Strauss’s Also Sprach Zarathustra, and playing the theremin for their performance of David Del Tredici’s Final Alice. Suzanne is also a composer, she recently completely a commission for the North Carolina Saxophone Ensemble and had a work premiered by the new music ensemble F-plus. She has a love for musicals; she collaborated on Homeless: the Musical, which received two fully-staged performance runs; her score is heard during the DVD-recorded performance of The Tragedy of Jane Shore; and the Beggar’s Opera was given mention for “Best Scores of 2001” in both the Pittsburgh Post Gazette and the City Paper. She composed and played music for The Royal Family, which was performed at the Pittsburgh Public Theatre, and in addition, she has been recorded for other Public Theatre productions, including Private Lives and Amadeus. She is currently residing in North Carolina, where she is working on her Doctoral Degree at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
The UNCG Symphony Orchestra is a highly select ensemble of approximately ninety performers majoring in music. Performers include undergraduates through masters and doctoral candidates in music performance and music education. Membership in the organization is highly competitive, and all students are placed by audition. Members of the Symphony have achieved numerous individual honors including solo competition awards on regional and national levels, music scholarships, undergraduate teaching fellowships, graduate assistantships and fellowships, and membership in honors ensembles.
The UNCG Symphony Orchestra periodically tours the state and region, and has recently performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and at the Stevens Center in Winston-Salem, NC. A recent review in the Classical Voice of North Carolina described the Orchestra’s performance as, “dramatic and incisive,” and “beautifully done.”
In addition to the performances of standard orchestral literature, the Symphony Orchestra collaborates annually with the UNCG choirs to present a major choral/orchestral work. Faculty, as well as winners of the annual Student Artist Competition, are often featured as soloists. The Symphony combines with the School of Music Opera Theatre and the UNCG School of Theatre to perform a fully staged opera production each spring semester. String performers who are not majoring in music are especially encouraged to participate.