URI students, alumni to sing at Boston Symphony Orchestra Chorus Festival

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To perform at Tanglewood

KINGSTON, R.I.– August 14, 2015– Two students and three alumni of the University of Rhode Island’s Music and Chorus Department have been performing at the Boston Symphony Orchestra Festival Chorus at Tanglewood.

Their final two performances will be today Aug. 14 and Sunday Aug. 16 on the Tanglewood grounds, 297 West St. Lenox, Mass., 01240.

Today’s concert will be at 6 p.m. in Ozawa Hall. The URI representatives will be part of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus’ prelude concert, including pieces by Bach, Barber, Brahms, and Copland.

Sunday’s performance will be at 2:30 p.m. at the Koussevitzky Music Shed. The program includes Copland’s Symphonic Ode and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.

Mark Conley, professor of music at URI, has taught all five URI performers: students Christopher Davey of Cranston and Andrew Gribbin of Coventry, and alumni Ryan Casperson ‘14, Devon Morin ‘12, and Celia Tafuri ’12. They performed in URI’s Concert Choir and Lively Experiment, an a capella ensemble that performs a wide variety of music.

“All of us really care about the music department at URI, it gave a lot to us,” said Morin. “We are proud to be representing the University and its wonderful music programs.”

Last year Davey was chosen to sing the National Anthem at a Red Sox game on Rhode Island Day. Casperson has also had three small solos with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, two of which were during his time at URI.

For ticket pricing and further information visit, BSO Tanglewood.

This release was written by, Rachel Smith, a graduate assistant writer at the URI Marketing and Communications Department.