SSHS Students to Play with Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra

Opportunities to work with professionals always expands a young person’s perspective. A select group of Saratoga Springs High School students will be working with professionals from The Glens Fall Symphony Orchestra in preparation for a Side by Side concert held on March 20 at 4pm at Zankel Hall at Skidmore College. There is a pre-concert talk at 3:15pm.

“This is just an amazing opportunity for our students,” said Brooke Vincent, High School Symphonic Orchestra Director and a member of the GFSO. “Charles Peltz is the conductor of the GFSO. Every time I’ve brought him in to work with my kids in the past, the kids have loved him, he’s dynamite!”

Ali Genevich, a senior, “I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to play with the Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra. This isn’t something that every high school music student gets to experience. Playing alongside professionals in an orchestra is always something I’ve wanted to do and I am very excited!”

Seina Shirakura Read, class of 2013 and a student at the Hart School of Music, said “I will never forget my times observing and listening to the GSFO rehearse for hours…when the orchestra melded together, the entire ensemble knew and felt that something good was about to happen. The orchestra not only helped me become a better violinist but a better audience member.”

Student participants are:

  • Ali Genevich (12) violin
  • Adrianna Marcolin (11) violin
  • Veronica Sih (10) violin
  • Miranda Sullivan (10) viola
  • Ben Weatherwax (9) violin
  • Linda Zhu (9) violin
  • Mitchell Gerhardt (11) viola
  • Collin Broderick (10) viola
  • Moriah Pickard (12) cello
  • Jeff Halpin (11) bass

The program consists of St. Paul’s Suite (Holst), Sinfonia VII, Movement I: Allegro (Mendelssohn), and Verklarte Nacht (Transfigured Night) (Schoenberg) – all very challenging pieces. An expanded description of the program is found on the Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra’s website.

Tickets are $30 and can be purchased here or at the Zankel ticket window.