University Orchestra Concert April 30 at Staller Center


Jonathan Block

The University Orchestra will present its spring concert on Tuesday, April 30, on Staller Center’s Main Stage at 8 pm. The featured soloist is violinist Jonathan Block, winner of the 2013 Undergraduate Concerto Competition, who will perform Prokovief’s Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor with the University Orchestra. The concert will also include Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture, Ravel’s Pavane and Schumann’s Symphony No. 1 (“Spring”) performed by the University Orchestra with Conductor Susan Deaver.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students and seniors, and are on sale at the Staller Center Box Office or you can call (631) 632-ARTS. For more information about the University Orchestra contact the Department of Music at (631) 632-7330 or visit

About the Performers
The University Orchestra is a 70-member, all-student ensemble of undergraduates from Stony Brook University. The Orchestra presents a series of concerts each year at Staller Center including the annual Messiah Sing-Along and the annual Family Concert.  Susan Deaver, conductor of the University Orchestra, has conducted orchestras in the United States, Europe and Asia and is a member of the music faculty at Stony Brook University. She is music director and conductor of the North Shore Symphony Orchestra, principal guest conductor of the Long Island Youth Orchestra and on the faculty of Manhattan School of Music’s Precollege Division.

Jonathan Block, violin, is the winner of the 2013 Undergraduate Concerto Competition. He began his violin studies with Miho Matsuno at the Lucy Moses School in New York City and quickly advanced to lessons with Lesley Heller, a first-section violinist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Jonathan gained orchestral experience participating in the Inter-school Orchestras and at 15, won a position in the prestigious New York Youth Symphony. His summers from 2005 to 2009 were spent at Greenwood Music Camp in Western Massachusetts, where the focus was chamber music, and where he studied with Rebecca Fischer of the Chiara String Quartet. He subsequently participated in the Bowdoin International Music Festival studying with Weigang Li, first violinist of the Shanghai String Quartet. In 2011 Jonathan was asked to participate in a master class with Pamela Frank at the 92nd Street Y, performing the Bach Chaconne. Jonathan is co-concertmaster in the University Orchestra at Stony Brook University and is a regular participant in the Graduate Department’s Symphony Orchestra. He is privileged to study with faculty member and soloist Joanna Kaczorowska and Chamber Music Coach Eugene Drucker of the Emerson String Quartet.


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  1. Theodore Kruzich on

    Hello Jonathan: I just finished rehearsing with Tomoko Block who lives one floor above me in the same condo building in Evanston IL. We will perform a short version of the Arcangelo Corelli “La Folia” Variations on March 23rd
    I am a retired violinist and studied with Paul Stassevich who was one of Leopold Auer’s older students. Here is my violin comemoration from the 1970s in memory of his passing.

    Hope to meet you when you come to Evanston in August … T. Kruzich

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