A trio of concerts scheduled for early May will crown Dr. David Rudge’s career at the SUNY Fredonia School of Music.
After nearly 25 years, Dr. Rudge is retiring as Director of Orchestras and Opera.
All three concerts are free and will be broadcast live. The public is invited to attend.
The Fredonia College Chamber Orchestra, founded by Dr. Rudge in his freshman year at Fredonia, will play its final concert of the year on Tuesday, May 3 at 8 p.m. at Rosch Recital Hall. The program includes 17th-century works by early Baroque composers Marini and Purcell, fine romantic works by Elgar and Kalinnikov, and revolutionary 20th-century satirical pieces by Shostakovich and Charles Ives. The program ends with the Petite Suite by impressionist composer Claude Debussy.
The Fredonia College Symphony will present its final concert under the direction of Rudge and graduate assistant conductor Andrew Wolffking. Saturday, May 7 at 8 p.m. at the King Concert Hall. The program will open with Leonard Bernstein’s powerful Overture on “West Side Story”. Other works on the program will be the gloomy and brooding “Tangazo” by the composer of “Nuevo Tango”, Astor Piazzolla, and the even darker and heartbreaking “Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima” by the avant-garde composer of the 20th century , Krzysztof Penderecki. The concert ends with Suite No. 2 from “El Sombrero con Tres Picos” (The Three-Cornered Hat) by Manuel de Falla, a Spanish masterpiece of rhythmic intensity.
Improv. Collective, which celebrated its 20th anniversary during the pandemic, will once again be on stage with an evening of free improvisation on Monday, May 9, at 8 p.m. at Rosch Recital Hall. It will be a performance of spontaneous expression, created in the moment, without prior planning. Rudge urges music lovers to “come and be amazed”.
About Dr. David Rudge
Dr. Rudge has conducted orchestras on five continents to critical acclaim. As director of the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Guatemala, he is credited with the spectacular revival of that orchestra. He founded the Eastminster Chamber Orchestra and served as associate conductor of the University of South Carolina Symphony Orchestra, Columbia Lyric Opera and Ballet and the South Carolina Philharmonic.
In 1996, as an artistic ambassador for the US State Department, he spent two months in Damascus, Syria, conducting the National Symphony and Chamber Orchestra.
Rudge has conducted the Opera and Orchestra at the Rome Festival, Italy, and has conducted the Dialecto Urbano Chorus, Caracas, Venezuela, the Giurgiu Philharmonic (Romania), the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, the Western New York Chamber Orchestra, the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Society of Philadelphia, North Carolina Governor’s School Orchestra, Poughkeepsie Chamber Orchestra, and Southern Tier Symphony.
Rudge received a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship to conduct in the Middle East. As a Senior Fellow, he spent many months in Egypt conducting the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, Cairo Opera Orchestra, Opera Chorus and teaching at the National Conservatory of Music. He returns to conduct the Cairo Symphony Orchestra. The Cairo press called him “a true maestro. . . grandly expressive.
He has performed as both violinist and violist with a number of orchestras and chamber ensembles both at home and abroad. He also pursued the practice of Baroque interpretation, both as a violinist and conductor, with the directors and members of the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra.
Rudge has taught numerous conducting and violin courses internationally and has served as coach and guest conductor of the Boston, Columbia, Houston, and Costa Rica youth symphonies, as well as numerous student honor orchestras, such as New York, Pennsylvania and Illinois All-State Orchestras. He was a faculty member of the Conductor’s Institute at Bard and the National ASTA Conference. He is co-director of the popular music training program and teaches free improvisation at the School of Music.