Philharmonic gives final fall concert

By Katrina Kelly

Featuring two graduate conductors as well as two award-winning student soloists, the NIU Philharmonic will perform its final concert of the fall semester Nov. 10.

The performance in Boutell Memorial Concert Hall at the Music Building will begin with a performance led by graduate conductor Chelsea Tipton II. Tipton will be conducting Von Weber’s “Overture to Oberon.”

“This is a fairly standard work,” Tipton said. “It’s a good learning tool and the players are responding well.”

This is Tipton’s first performance with the orchestra. “The orchestra is very supportive—they have the potential for making things hard, but they have been patient,” he said.

Tipton is studying under the guidance of Carl Roskott and Steven Squires. “They have given me two very good perspectives on how to approach music.”

The concert will continue with a performance featuring concerto competition winner Melissa Dye. Dye has performed in many community theater productions including “Godspell,” “Fiddler On The Roof” and “Annie.”

The coloratura soprano also has performed in several NIU productions and will portray the female lead in “Carnival,” which will play at the Egyptian Theater Nov. 18-22. Dye is a senior in vocal performance.

The concerto competition is held every year, with finals occurring in late October. Dye and Anthony Padilla were chosen as last year’s winners. Padilla will perform the first movement of Brahms’ Concerto No. 1 in D minor.

Padilla has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in the United States and Europe, and with the symphony orchestras of Seattle, Northwestern University and the Curtis Institute of Music. He has received numerous awards, including one from the Society of American Musicians, and made his Ravinia Festival debut last August.

Graduate Conductor Jeremy Hughes will conduct Dye as she sings “The Doll Song” from the “Tales of Hoffman” by Jacques Offenbach. Hughes received his bachelor’s degree in cello performance from NIU and is working toward a master’s degree in conducting.

“Our Philharmonic speaks for itself,” Kirk Lundbeck, music school ensemble coordinator, said of the 75-member group. “We are an award-winning ensemble.”

The NIU Philharmonic has won the “DB” Award from Downbeat magazine each year in the seven-year history of the award, Lundbeck said.

The concert also will include a performance of Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 in C major, conducted by Maestro Carl Roskott. The 8 p.m. concert is free to the public.