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Middlebury College Orchestra Concert To Perform Two Student Premieres

October 7, 2011

Middlebury, VT—The Middlebury College Orchestra, under the direction of Andrew Massey, gives its second public performance of the spring semester on Friday, April 22, at 8:00 P.M., at the Mahaney Center for the Arts Concert Hall. The concert program will include two world premieres by Middlebury College seniors: Piano Concerto No. 1 by Nicholas Tkach ’11, and Requiem for Choir and Orchestra by Noah Silverstein ’11.

When Nicholas Tkach takes the stage to perform his new piano concerto, it will be the culmination of many months of hard work. “On average, I think I spent about an hour for each measure of music,” says the senior, a double major in music and math from Little Silver, New Jersey. With the composition now completed, Tkach spends his time practicing the devilishly difficult piano part.


“It’s a huge task to write a piece for orchestra, let alone a concerto in which the composer is also the soloist,” notes Tkach’s teacher, music department chair and Christian A. Johnson Professor of Music Peter Hamlin ’73. He remarks that the two student works “have really taken shape beautifully. It’s been a thrill for me as their teacher to have this ringside seat for observing creativity.”

Noah Silverstein, a senior and a double major in music and neuroscience from Hyde Park, Vermont, has written a setting of the traditional Latin Requiem Mass that “draws on a wide range of styles, traditions, and ideas.” Like Tkach, Silverstein devoted a significant amount of time to creating the piece. “Sometimes I would look up at the clock and realize that I had been sitting at my computer working on the score for three hours without realizing it had been so long.”


The concert program also includes a piece for string orchestra and harp by Peter Hamlin, entitled Manitou Rising, that he composed several years ago. The concert will be conducted by Andrew Massey, in his second season as director of the Middlebury College Orchestra.


The performance will take place at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 22, at the Mahaney Center for the Arts Concert Hall. Admission is free. For further information, contact Peter Hamlin at or the Department of Music at 802-443-5221.

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