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Setnor Ensemble to perform at Joyful Noise in Liverpool

A variety of instrumental ensembles will present the April 18 Joyful Noise: Concert Series for the Community recital at 4 p.m. at Liverpool First United Methodist Church.

Talented graduate and undergraduate students from Setnor School of Music at Syracuse University will perform music by Mozart, Sibelius, and Brahms. The program will conclude with selections from the Setnor Brass Choir.

Students will perform music they have worked on this semester under the instruction of Caroline Stinson, Peter Rovit and James O. Welsch.

Music from Mozart's "Piano Quartet in E flat Major" will be performed by senior Jessica Kline, viola, and graduate students Edgar Tumajyan, violin; Lian Qiao, cello, and Patrick Behringer, piano. Movements four and five from Sibelius's, "String Quartet in D minor" will be played by seniors Sarah Turbett, viola, and Rosalie Rion, cello, along with freshmen Alexa Sanfilippo and Nathanael Larsen, violins.

Johannes Brahms's "Piano Trio in C minor" will conclude the ensemble portion of the program. It will be performed by graduate string students Tumajyan and Qiao, with junior Samuel Emanuel at the piano. They will play the complete four-movement work.

Qiao began music lessons when she was 5. She plans to return to her homeland, China, and seek a career as a teacher in the Central Conservatory of Music and play with an orchestra. "My professor is great," she says of Stinson.

Tumajyan, a native of Yerevan, Armenia, will teach at the college level while continuing to perform professionally himself. He says he is grateful for the opportunity to perform in the Joyful Noise concert series and meet people of the community.

Emanuel, who presented a solo piano recital as part of the series in the fall, says he looks forward to performing again for the people of Liverpool. He studies with Steven Heyman, and he plans to pursue a career in orchestral and operatic conducting.

The Setnor Brass Choir was founded by Welsch as a grassroots initiative in 2009. He conducts the choir, which made its first appearance for the concert series last spring.

Joyful Noise concerts are free. There is ample parking in the church lot, and the building is fully accessible. For information, call 457-5180.

Linda Loomis is the Liverpool First United Methodist Church concert series director.

Attached photo: Rehearsing for the Joyful Noise Concert April 18 at Liverpool First United Methodist Church, from left, Edgar Tumajyan, Samuel Emanuel, and Lian Qiao. They will perform "Piano Trio in C minor," by Brahms.

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