Though composed of students, the East Carolina University Symphony Orchestra offers the skill and musicianship of a professional ensemble. The orchestra's spring schedule includes a 3 p.m. Feb. 16 performance at Keihin Auditorium at Edgecombe Community College's campus in Tarboro.
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Though composed of students, the East Carolina University Symphony Orchestra offers the skill and musicianship of a professional ensemble. The orchestra's spring schedule includes a 3 p.m. Feb. 16 performance at Keihin Auditorium at Edgecombe Community College's campus in Tarboro.

Keihin performance generates buzz

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TARBORO – An upcoming concert will offer music lovers free entertainment and university students the opportunity to test their performance skills.

The East Carolina University Symphony Orchestra returns Feb. 16 to Keihin Auditorium at Edgecombe Community College, a release says. The concert begins at 3 p.m.

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“The ECU Symphony Orchestra ... performs several times each year, playing a wide variety of literature chosen from the standard orchestral repertoire, contemporary works, music for smaller instrumentation or chamber orchestra, as well as works for full orchestra,” a release says.

The Keihin performance will include Antonin Dvorak’s Slavonic Dance No. 10 in E minor and Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Eric Greene, the college’s cultural arts director, said in a telephone interview. Also on the program will be the winning work in the ECU School of Music’s concerto competition.

The orchestra, which also performed in 2012 and 2013 at Keihin, is more than simply a school ensemble.

“These are mostly music majors or students in other disciplines who are very good with their instruments,” Greene said. “It is an auditioned ensemble.”

The students’ level of performance in previous years has generated buzz for this year’s concert. Though free, the performance requires tickets for admission. So far, Green has distributed more than 300 tickets, a number larger than last year’s entire audience.

“I think through word of mouth more folks want to come see it this year,” he said. “We encourage as many folks as possible come to see a really good orchestra free of charge.”

Conducting the performance will be Jorge Richter, an assistant professor of music at ECU, the release says. He holds a bachelor’s in violin performance from the Parana State School of Music and Fine Arts in Curitiba, Brazil, a master’s of music in conducting from Andrews University and a doctor of musical arts in conducting from Michigan State University. His academic experience includes similar positions at Truman State and Oklahoma State universities and the University of Tennessee.

The orchestra’s concert and an April 9 performance by the New York Theatre Ballet are funded by the Furman Mathewson Trust of the Edgecombe County Memorial Library. PNC Bank is the lead sponsor for Keihin’s yearly performance season.

The free tickets for the concert are available through the college’s box office on the Tarboro campus or online at etix.com.

For more information, call Greene at 823-5166, ext. 187.