URBANA — Professional and student musicians in the Urbana Pops Orchestra will be showcased at five free monthly Sunday recitals, with the first today (Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014).
All of the recitals will take place at 2 p.m. in the auditorium on the lower level of Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green St. The library is co-sponsoring the series.
"We wanted to do something special to kick off our fifth season," Urbana Pops Orchestra board president Debra Levey Larson said. "Urbana Pops has some very talented principal musicians.
"These solo recitals are a great way for them to share that talent in a more intimate setting. Because education is a vital part of our mission, these recitals will give some of our student musicians another chance to perform."
Larson said the hourlong recitals also offer wonderful opportunities for families to introduce their children to orchestral instruments without committing to a longer concerts with high ticket prices.
— Today, principal trombonist Nathaniel Geiger, a Champaign-Urbana native who is pursuing a bachelor's degree in music education at Illinois State University, where he studies with Mark Babbitt.
Geiger is active in ISU's School of Music, playing in its wind symphony, opera orchestra, and undergraduate brass quintet. He recently was named a finalist in the university's orchestral concerto competition.
In addition to serving as principal trombonist and manager for Urbana Pops Orchestra, Geiger has played for Champaign Urbana Theatre Company and Urbana Park District productions, Parkland College's Big Band and at his church.
Also participating in today's recital will be Aaron Von Qualen and Karol Domalik on trumpet, and Jason Lindsey on tuba.
— Feb. 9, Karen DeBauche, clarinet.
— March 9, Ai Yamaguchi, flute.
— April 13, Lydia Tang, viola.
— May 17, Sara Sasaki, violin.
For more information about the orchestra, visit urbanapops.org.