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Orchestra performs with soloists, Dec 14-15

The Princeton University Orchestra, under the direction of Michael Pratt, will perform with the co-winners of its 2007 Concerto Competition at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14-15, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall.

The featured soloists on the program are seniors Sarah Vander Ploeg and Suzanne Westbrook.

The first half of the program is devoted entirely to works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, beginning with the Overture to "The Magic Flute." Vander Ploeg then will perform two concert arias for soprano: "Ah, lo previdi" and "Chi sa, chi sa."

Westbrook will conclude the first half of the concert with Mozart's Clarinet Concerto. After intermission, the concert will end with the Third Symphony of Johannes Brahms, one of the seminal works of the late German Romanticism.

Vander Ploeg is majoring in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs (concentrating in arts policy) and earning a certificate in music performance. She is a member of the Chamber Choir and the University Chapel Choir, and she frequently serves as a soloist for chapel events. She has performed in operatic and musical roles at Princeton and elsewhere. She also is an accomplished violist and pianist, and enjoys playing chamber music and with the Princeton University Orchestra. She will continue her vocal studies in London next year.

Westbrook is a music major and also is pursuing a certificate in musical performance. She has played in the Princeton University Orchestra for four years, and has played in several chamber ensembles and participated in the 2007 Atelier piece "Paintbrush." This past summer she studied chamber music at the Bowdoin International Music Festival. She also played principal clarinet in the American Youth Philharmonic for three years. She plans to attend medical school next year.

Tickets for the concert, priced at $18 for general admission, $15 for seniors and $5 for students, may be obtained from the box offices at Richardson Auditorium and the Frist Campus Center, or online through University Ticketing at www.princeton.edu/utickets.

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