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Special Pre-Concert Performances: Serenade for Strings

Roulette’s More Than Music events include MORE MUSIC! Arrive early for TWO performances of Tchaikovsky’s graceful Serenade for Strings at 6:00 and 6:30pm.

The pre-concert performances are the culmination of the first-annual DPO International Conducting Workshop, Concert and Competition for eight participants.

Having received dozens of applications from all over the world, our Music Director Lawrence Golan selected a total of 14 conductors to participate in this intensive workshop. Arriving last weekend from all corners of the globe, they have spent the week in professional development classes, rehearsing with the orchestra and getting on-the-spot feedback.

Both Serenade for Strings performances are free and open to the public. Tickets for the 7:30pm performance of Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, featuring six additional workshop participants, are available here.

Conductors (6:00pm)

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Joseph Lerangis

A native of New York City, Joseph Lerangis is a conductor and tenor currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Yale School of Music, where he conducts the…

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Simona Grossi

Born in 1979, in Calabria, Italy, Simona Grossi began studying piano at age 10. She stopped playing when she was 16 but resumed two years ago and graduated in piano…

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Junyuan Chen

Junyuan Chen was born in China and is currently a graduate student of music education at Colorado State University-Pueblo. Attending conducting classes piqued his interest in the profession and he…

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Christopher Ramaekers

Christopher Ramaekers is Director of Orchestras at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Music Director of the Lake Forest Civic Orchestra, and Artistic Director of the Davis Theater Concert Series for Access…

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Conductors (6:30pm)

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Joseph Cieslak

Joseph Cieslak is a conductor-composer from Boise Idaho. The co-founder of the New Orleans Volunteer Orchestra and Voices of New Orleans Choir, Joseph relishes the communal aspects of music-making and…

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Evgeny Alexeevich Shcherbakov

Russian-born Evgeny Shcherbakov composed and conducted a short piece during a concert performance when he was 9 years old; this moment was the source of inspiration which marked the beginning…

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Emanuel Cohen

Emanuel Cohen is a senior music major at the University of Rochester where he assists as student conductor of orchestras and choirs. This year he has conducted Beethoven’s Symphony No.…

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Diego Guerra

Diego Guerra of Monterrey, Mexico, is a violist and conductor based in San Diego. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music in viola performance at San Diego State University.…

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Serenade for Strings Ensemble

First Violin

Katherine Thayer, concertmaster
Anna Katherine Barnett-Hart, associate concertmaster
Ylana Padgett
Emmy Reid

Second Violin

Yiran Li, principal
Niccolo Werner Casewit
Feliza Estrada
Brian Ross


Ezgi Icellioglu, principal
Chris Costello
Diego Guerra


Katie Burns, principal
Monica Sáles Council
Dana Shin
Daniel Tobin

Double Bass

Lucy Bauer, principal
Kurt Henning