Marietta Cheng's Farewell Concert
Stefan Jackiw, Violin soloist
Winner of the Avery Fisher Career Grant, 2002
Sunday, May 4, 4pm
Notre Dame High School
73 Union St.
Batavia, NY 14020
TCHAIKOVSKY March Slave Overture, Op. 31
KORNGOLD Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35
SHOSTAKOVITCH Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, Op. 47
At the end of the 2007-2008 season, Marietta Cheng, the Conductor and Music Director of the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, will step down. Cheng formerly served as the Conductor of the Corning Philharmonic and in 1996 became the conductor of the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes when the Corning Philharmonic and the Elmira Symphony merged. Corning-Elmira Musical Arts, Inc. is in the process of selecting an exciting, inspirational, and quality conductor to fill this position. A Search Committee has already been formed and plans are in process for identifying individuals for the 2008-2009 season. The Board aims to present a season with five exciting conductors, from which in 2009-2010 a new maestro will be chosen to be the Conductor and Music Director for the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes. Interested applicants may contact the Orchestra Office at 936-2873 or email email@example.com for more information.
Marietta Cheng, Conductor and Music Director, on her experience with the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes: "I am very proud of all that the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes has achieved in the last thirteen years, and I believe I have played an important role in terms of our tremendous musical growth and extraordinary quality. I can reminisce about exceptional high moments in recent years that have been as emotionally compelling as any performance of a major professional orchestra. I thank everyone in the Corning and Elmira communities for their warm and generous support of me personally."
Marietta also serves as Professor of Music and Conductor at Colgate University in Hamilton, NY. Over the past 22 years, 13 as conductor for OSFL and 9 for the Corning Philharmonic, Marietta has made many 5-hour round-trip commutes to rehearse and perform with the OSFL. She cites the distance over time as the main reason for her departure. Marietta Cheng has been that rare conductor who spoke with insight and erudition one moment and achieved passionate performances the next.
Joy Perry, President of the Board, commented, "Marietta has been totally dedicated to the OSFL and its predecessor, but even more importantly, she is a consummate musician and conductor in addition to being a friend to the musicians, choristers, board members, and community. She has led magnificent concerts for our professional musicians and enthusiastic audiences during her total 22-year tenure."
Over the past 5 years great strides have been made to improve and enhance all of CEMA's offerings and to better align them with each other. Corning-Elmira Musical Arts, Inc. is the organization that oversees the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, the Chorus of the Southern Finger Lakes, Musicians' Choice (a professional chamber music offering), the Youth Orchestra, the Junior String Ensemble, Music Laboratory (an in-school program for 6 graders), and the Hertzog Soloist Competition. Through the exciting changes that will occur over the next 2 years as we make the transition to a new Conductor and Music Director we aim only to continue to further these goals and strengthen the organization as a whole in the long term.
Audrey Szychulski, Executive Director on the future of CEMA: "Over the past 13 years we have had tremendous success in putting forth fabulous products and services for the Twin Tiers community. We promise to take this opportunity for change only to better ourselves and to become even more of what our residents want and deserve in their very own musical ensembles, educational offerings, and enhanced programming."
As stated in our organization's Vision, Mission and Values- Vision: The Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes will inspire the people of the region to desire our performances of live classical music. Mission: The Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes will be our region's leading resource for classical music by offering quality programming, performances, and education. Values: We provide all people of our region with opportunities to understand, share, and enjoy high-quality, live, classical music. We collaborate with other cultural partners, artists, and like-minded organizations to advance our mutual artistic growth. We strive to demonstrate artistic excellence in all that we do. CEMA is proud to serve this community. We thank our residents for all that they do for us and aim only to do better in what we can do for them.
Established in 1996 the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes is the principal ensemble of Corning-Elmira Musical Arts, Inc. (CEMA). CEMA serves New York's Southern Tier communities through extraordinary musical programs and educational offerings. CEMA was established in 1996 through a consolidation of the Corning Philharmonic Society and the Elmira Symphony and Choral Society. The organization now comprises more than 150 musicians in its Chorus, Professional Orchestra, and Youth Orchestra.