Dr. Deborah Freedman
director of the Kearney Symphony Orchestra (KSO), 308.865.8631 or

The Kearney Symphony Orchestra Concerto/Aria Concert, under the direction of Dr. Deborah Freedman, will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

The concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m., will be held in the UNK Fine Arts Recital Hall.

Two UNK students, Michelle Duffy of Kenesaw, harp, and Katie Ridder of Kearney, soprano, will be featured performers. Duffy and Ridder were selected through competitive auditions, which were held in last fall. The auditions were judged by a faculty jury.

Duffy, a junior music performance major with an instrumental emphasis on the harp, will perform “Danse sacree et danse profane” by Claude Debussy. She has played the harp for 11 years and is a student of Mary Bircher, Omaha Symphony principal harpist.

Ridder, a senior vocal performance major, will sing “Il est doux, Il est bon” from the opera “Hérodiade by Jules Massenet. This is Ridder’s second time singing with the symphony. She has been a finalist in Nebraska State and Regional NATS competition the past several years, spent a summer in Italy for a six-week language and music intensive program, and recently appeared in the UNK production of “The Marriage of Figaro” as Susanna. Ridder studies with Dr. Anne Foradori, UNK professor of music, and will graduate in the spring of 2013. She plans to go to a post graduate program for voice performance.

Also featured in the Tuesday night KSO performance will be Dr. Allison Fletcher of Shelton, piccolo. Selections being performed by the orchestra will include excerpts from “Music Man,” “Oliver” and “Fiddler on the Roof,” among others.

Tickets for the concert may be purchased through the UNK Theatre Box Office. Admission is $10 for adults. UNK students receive free admission with a student ID, and high school students and younger receive free admission if accompanied by an adult.