Elon’s Music Department Hosts College Orchestra Concert

The Elon University Music Department hosted a performance by the university orchestra at 7:30 p.m. on November 8 at the McCrary Theater.

The Elon University Orchestra has been a mainstay of the university since 1916, making 2022 its 106th year of performance.

Tonight’s show was organized by the conductor, Thomas Erdmann, who was originally scheduled to conduct the show but had to pull out due to health issues. In her place, the concert was conducted by her assistant Veronica Biscocho, who is also a Williams High School orchestra director.

Tonight’s performance was an arrangement of classical symphonies and original works composed by resident in-house composer Thomas Turanchik, whose work was highly praised by Erdmann.

“We are lucky to have Dr. Thomas Turanchik,” Erdmann said. “His professional music is always a challenge and is always a highlight for our concerts.”

The showcase also included a performance by guest soprano soloist Polly Butler Cornelius. Cornelius is an award-winning Polish classical music and film score composer, best known for his work on films like ‘Bram Stokers Dracula’ and ‘The Pianist’, which was nominated for the 2003 Best Picture Oscar.

“I am totally impressed with the hard work of my students,” Erdmann said. “We don’t do ‘cut-down’ arrangements, we do real professional music.”

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