The North Greenville University Orchestra will present its season finale Tuesday evening April 30 at 7 pm in Turner Chapel on the NGU campus. The concert is free and the public is invited to enjoy an evening of orchestral favorites, old and new, featuring North Greenville graduate and composer Brett Ensley, North Greenville senior flute soloist Constance Petersen, North Greenville piano professor Kuo-Pei Cheng-Lin, and North Hills Community Church children's choir member and boy soprano soloist Ethan Byars.
Tuesday’s concert will feature a variety of musical genres and styles. Two works to be presented were written within the past few years. Brett Ensley’s video game composition When Faith Begins and a Symphonic Suite from Howard Shore’s movie score Lord of the Rings, which features a boy soprano solo.
Other solo works will be Reinecke’s Ballade for Flute and Orchestra featuring Constance Petersen on flute, and Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 featuring Kuo-Pei Cheng-Lin on piano.
Other orchestral works will include the first movement of Haydn’s Symphony No. 104, “London,” and Chabrier’s Habanera.
Ethan Byars is a member of the North Hills Community Church children's choir in Greenville. Prior to North Hills, he sang with Kingdom Kids at Mitchell Road Presbyterian Church. He also enjoys drawing, computer graphics, Legos, and exploring nature. He is twelve years old, has been home educated, and has recently completed sixth grade.
Constance May Petersen is a senior music performance major at North Greenville University studying with Martha Kitterman. She is principal flute in the NGU Orchestra, Flute choir and Concert Band, where she also plays piccolo. She has been a consistent choice for the SC Intercollegiate Honor Band. In high school, she was a member of the Carolina Youth Symphony for four years, while she studied with Amanda Barrett. Constance plans on pursuing a master’s degree in flute performance at Florida State University in the fall.
Mrs. Kuo-Pei Cheng-Lin has enjoyed teaching piano and performing for 28 years. Born in Taiwan, she started playing the piano at the age of six and entered classical music school in her seventh grade. She holds a BM in Piano Performance from the National Institute of Arts in Taiwan and two Master’s degrees in Piano Performance and Collaborative Piano from The Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Anne Epperson, Sandra Shapiro, Thomas Hecht and Olga Radosavljevich and performed in master classes given by Jerome Lowenthal, Warren Jones, Jean Barr and cellist Denis Brott. She received a full scholarship from the Santa Barbara Summer Music Festival and after graduation was appointed staff accompanist at CIM. In 1995 she moved to Cincinnati where she served as principal pianist for the Middletown Symphony Orchestra and as the music director and pianist for the Cincinnati Chinese Church at Mason. A Greenville resident since 2004, Mrs. Cheng-Lin is currently serving as principal pianist for the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra and pianist for the Greenville Chinese Christian Church. Through the years she has continued to perform recitals as a soloist and with musicians from such institutions as the Cincinnati Symphony and Greenville Symphony, as well as faculty members of NGU, Indiana University, Clemson University, and Furman University, among others. She performed Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Foothills Philharmonic at the Peace Center. She is a proud member of the Greenville MTA and of the Crescent Music Club.
The North Greenville University Orchestra is in its fifth season and is under the direction of Dr. Michael Weaver.