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Orchestra concert to feature vocal competition winners

Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010, 8 p.m. Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall

The Princeton University Orchestra will present a concert featuring winners of the 2009 University Vocal Competition at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall.

The winners of the competition are senior Alexis Rodda, soprano; sophomore Matthew Prast, tenor; senior Eric Schlossberg, counter-tenor; senior Maya Srinivasan, soprano; junior Robert Olson, bass-baritone; and senior Brenda Jin, soprano. They will perform arias and duets from some of George Frederic Handel's greatest operas and oratorios, including "Semele," "Julius Caesar," "Samson," "Alcina" and "Messiah."

The orchestra also will perform Handel's Concerto Grosso in G Major , Opus 6, No. 1.

"Princeton audiences have had a chance to hear many of these superb young singers in recent University Opera Theater productions of Monteverdi and Mozart, but not in the music of the greatest late Baroque composer of opera and oratorio, George Frederic Handel," said conductor Michael Pratt. "I am so pleased that we have this showcase for both our vocalists and instrumentalists, who will perform one of the master's great instrumental works, his first concerto grosso -- a concerto form which features three different soloists."

Admission to the concert is free. Tickets will be available at Richardson starting at 6 p.m. Jan. 9.

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