Blowin’ in the Wind: Woodwind and String Ensembles Performed – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Blowin’ in the Wind: Woodwind and String Ensembles Performed

The Colleges String Ensemble and Woodwind Ensemble performed their end of the semester concerts in St. John’s Chapel on Tuesday night. The venue provided excellent acoustics and an intimate chamber music atmosphere. Under the guidance and direction of Andy Zaplatynsky, the String Ensemble performed “Rondo for two violins”, Rigaddon, Hopak (Ukrainian Dance), Concerto in D Major (#246), Menuetto (Op.1, No. 1), and Concerto Grosso No. 4. Additionally, under John Oberbrunner, the Woodwind Ensemble performed “Flower Duet” from Lakme by L. Delibes, “Adagio Cantabile” by F.J. Haydn, “Lift Thine Eyes from The Messiah” by Mendelssohn, “The Entertainer” by Scott Joplin, and “Pachelbel’s Canon”. Also on the night’s program was the work “Pavane” by Maurice Ravel, the Basque French composer and pianist of impressionist and expressionist music, featuring flutist and Assistant Professor of Psychology Julie Kingery. Zaplatynsky, string ensemble director and instructor at HWS, has served as concertmaster of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra since 1981. His previous positions include Associate Concertmaster with the Cincinnati Symphony and Assistant Concertmaster with the Detroit Symphony. He began his violin studies in Philadelphia with Edgar Ortenberg at the Settlement Music School. After graduating from high school he continued violin studies with the two eminent teachers of their generation, Josef Gingold at Indiana University and later with Ivan Galamian, in New York. Since 2005, Zaplatynsky has had visiting professor status with the School of Music of the Fundacion Universitaria Juan N. Corpas in Bogota, Colombia, where he combines teaching, chamber music coaching, and performance with faculty and advanced students. Woodwind Director and flutist John Oberbrunner is a native of New York City, raised in Manhattan, where he attended the Music and Art High School. He then attended Syracuse University, graduating with a degree in music education. He was hired to teach flute at Syracuse University, where he remained for 47 years, concurrent to his 35 years of teaching in the Syracuse public schools. He is also flute instructor at the Eastern Music Camp at Colgate University. Kingery received her B.A. from the University of Richmond, her Ph.D. from the University of Maine and did her postdoctoral work at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She specializes in developmental and clinical psychology. The String Ensemble is a student chamber group providing a performance opportunity for talented string players. In recent years the String Ensemble has performed works by Vivaldi, Telemann, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Albeniz, and Scott Joplin. The ensemble has also broken down into duos or trios, as the right combination of instruments have become available. The Woodwind Ensemble provides a performance opportunity for talented flutists, oboists, clarinetists, bassoonists, and saxophonists, as well as French horn and string players.