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Former concertmaster Shaker ’15 to perform with Chamber Orchestra

MONMOUTH, Ill. – A duet featuring a past and current concertmaster of the Monmouth College Chamber Orchestra will be among the highlights of an April 7 performance.

Directed by music faculty member Carolyn Suda, the Chamber Orchestra will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Kasch Performance Hall of the College’s Dahl Chapel and Auditorium.

“The concert will offer a variety of music from the classical period through film music from Hollywood,” said Suda.

The orchestra’s former concertmaster, 2015 graduate Mariela Shaker, will join current concertmaster Iman Abdulrazzak ’18 for a Shostakovich duet.

“These two Syrian students have been such an important part of music at Monmouth,” said Suda.

Abdulrazzak will also share the spotlight for two other selections: with Holly Reyner ’21 of Independence, Iowa, in what Suda called “Vivaldi’s beautiful and stirring Concerto Grosso in A minor for two violins”; and with music faculty member Solee Clark for Albinoni’s Adagio for violin and organ.

A movement from Haydn’s Symphony No. 80 will open the concert, followed by two Romantic works: an “exciting” Dance of the Tumblers by Rimsky-Korsakov and a “beautiful” string Adagio by Dvorak.

The Spanish Fandango by Boccherini, featuring Oscar Diaz ’18 of Chicago on percussion, and orchestral highlights from the film La La Land will conclude the concert.