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May 3, 2005

Smith Orchestra to Perform at Carnegie Hall

NORTHAMPTON, Mass.—The Smith College Orchestra will commemorate a century of continuous performance with a debut concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall next week.

On Wednesday, May 11, at 8 p.m., the 60-member ensemble will perform Ludwig von Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 at the famous venue, with vocal assistance from the Smith College Glee Club and the college’s chorus, as well as the University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club.

Locally, the Smith College Orchestra, directed by Jonathan Hirsh, will perform Beethoven’s final symphony Monday, May 9, at 7 p.m. at Smith’s John M. Greene Hall. Tickets will be available at the door of John M. Greene Hall, Elm Street. Admission is $1 for Smith students and $5 for all others.

Both concerts will feature vocal solos by Inna Dukach, soprano, a 1994 Smith graduate; Dianna Daly Betit, mezzo-soprano, a 1991 Smith graduate; Paul Mow, tenor; and Stephen Lusmann, baritone, who also directs the University of Michigan Glee Club. The orchestra will also perform works by Charles Hubert Parry, Gustav Holst and Felix Mendelssohn, among others.

The Smith College Orchestra gave its first performance on June 17, 1904, during Smith’s commencement activities, when it played Mozart’s “The Magic Flute.” Since then, thousands of Smith and Five College students have taken part in the group as its prominence as a performance ensemble has steadily increased.

Last year, the orchestra traveled to Trinidad and Tobago to perform, and each year the ensemble is invited to Regis College to perform at the American Choral Directors Association’s Collegiate Choral Festival.

Ticket information for the Carnegie Hall performance is available on the Web at, or by calling 212-247-7800.

Office of College Relations
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Garrison Hall
Northampton, Massachusetts 01063

Marti Hobbes
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