An Evening with Musical Masters

An Evening with Musical Masters

The U.S. Army Orchestra

An evening with Debussy, Strauss, Dvorak and Mahler we feature the winners of the 2022 Young Artist Competition: Arturo Salvalaggio and Audrey Goodner as they perform masterworks with The U.S. Army Orchestra. Live stream via Vienna Pres website.

Fri / May 20 / 7 pm


Vienna Presbyterian Church / Vienna, VA

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Claude Debussy - Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune

Richard Strauss - Oboe Concerto in D Major
I. Allegro Moderato
Arturo Salvalaggio, oboe

Antonin Dvorak - Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53
I. Allegro ma non troppo
Audrey Goodner, violin

Gustav Mahler - Symphony No. 1 - Movt 1



ARTURO SALVALAGGIO / 2022 Winner, Woodwind Division
Arturo Salvalaggio, 17 years old, is a senior at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, Maryland. He was born in Venice, Italy, and at the age of one and a half, he and his family moved to Moscow, where he started to play the oboe at the age of 7 with Mr. Yuri Arturovich Egorov at the Children's Music School of the Moscow State Conservatory named after Tchaikovsky. In 2016 he moved to the U.S. There he continued studying the oboe with Emily Tsai at the Washington Conservatory, where he won the Judges Jury Award in 2017. On the same year, he was selected to take part in the NSO Youth Fellowship Program, where he has lessons with the principal oboe of the NSO, Mr. Nicholas Stovall. Since 2019, he has also been attending Juilliard Pre-College, where he studies with Mrs. Elaine Douvas. He has played for three years in MCYO as first oboe. In 2020 he was awarded third place in the U.S. Army Band Young Artist Competition and was also selected for RCO Young, the Royal Concertgebouw Youth Orchestra in Amsterdam. In 2021 he won the MDRS competition. On June 5th, 2021, he received the absolute first prize in his category for the Concorso Premio Crescendo in Florence, Italy. On June 8th of the same year he obtained first prize in the Concorso Internazionale della Città di Stresa, in Italy. Earlier this January, he was a finalist at the Juilliard Pre-College open concerto competition. In March he also received 3rd prize at the FMMC Ross-Roberts Competition for High School Woodwind, Brass, and Percussion Players. He has also passed the audition to take part in the VFJO (Verbier Festival Junior Orchestra), which he will attend this summer. Finally, he was chosen as one of the winners of the MSO Youth Concerto Competition and will therefore perform the first movement of the Strauss Oboe Concerto as a soloist later in June.

AUDREY GOODNER / 2022 Winner, Strings Division
Audrey Goodner, a sixteen-year-old from Reston, Virginia, is a sophomore at Langley High School. She actively participates in the Langley Orchestra and the American Youth Philharmonic Orchestra where she has served as concertmaster and concerto competition winner. Audrey is a student of Calidore String Quartet violinist, Ryan Meehan, and a National Symphony Orchestra Fellowship student of Jing Qiao. She has performed in masterclasses for James Ehnes, Stefan Jackiw, Arabella Steinbacher, and Almita Vamos and has placed at several local competitions to include the Feder Memorial and the Concert Artists International string competitions.

Audrey, is currently in her third year as a National Symphony Youth Fellowship recipient. This scholarship program provides students the opportunity to study with a National Symphony Orchestra musician; observe rehearsals and attend concerts; rehearse side-by-side with the NSO and participate in chamber music ensembles, master classes and discussions with musicians, conductors, guest artists, and NSO/Kennedy Center management. Additional studies have included six summers at the University of Michigan’s, Center Stage Strings, with Danielle Belen. This summer, Audrey will attend the Sounding Point Academy at The
Colburn School and the Music@Menlo Chamber Music Festival and Institute.


Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun)
Claude Debussy / August 22, 1862-March 25, 1918

Claude Debussy’s Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune, premiering in 1894, is very much a piece of modern music. It may not have the strident dissonances most associated with modern music, but it provocatively breaks from the classical repertoire that preceded its composition. Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, loosely based on a poem of the same name by Stéphane Mallarmé, opens with a famous chromatic melody played by the flute. That melody, like the rest of the piece, has an incredibly free and improvisatory feeling. Never before did music exhibit such sensuousness and freedom. Debussy’s lush harmonies and rarely used instrumental effects create a sound world that, even to contemporary audiences, seems fresh and evocative.

Concerto in D major for Oboe and Small Orchestra
Richard Strauss / June 11 1864- September 8 1949

At the end of World War II, Strauss, received regular visits from US soldiers including John de Lancie, a corporal in U.S. Army. De Lancie was a fantastic oboist back in his civilian life in the US and very familiar with Strauss’s music. On their first meeting, de Lancie asked “Have you ever considered writing an oboe concerto?” Strauss simply replied, “No.” But the idea for an oboe concerto never escaped Strauss. Eventually the work was composed and inscribed with “Oboe Concerto - 1945 - Suggested by an American Soldier.” The oboe concerto was one of Strauss’s last compositions. The work begins with a simple 4 note idea, played by the cello section. The idea develops as a stream of notes cascades throughout the orchestra. The virtuosic oboe part requires incredible breath control from the soloist to execute the beautiful long lines.

Violin Concerto in A Minor Op. 53
Antonin Dvorak / September 8, 1841-May 1, 1904

Dvorak’s Violin concerto was commissioned by Joseph Joachim, one of the most revered violinists of his time. The concerto, like many of Dvorak’s compositions, uses rhythms and melodies inspired from his Czech homeland. Its Prague premiere was in 1883. The work opens with a bold orchestral fanfare that immediately evokes the sound ofDvorak’s native land. The violin takes over the fanfare with a bold opening chord that morphs into an introspective lyricism. The thematic material from the opening returns for a dance like middle section in a completely different and delicate character.

Symphony No. 1 in D Major
Gustav Mahler / July 7, 1860-May 18, 1911

Gustav Mahler was a renowned conductor who performed in the great music halls of the world but he was best known for his symphonies. Unlike Debussy, who essentially broke from the music of the past, Mahler instead took concepts and forms from composers like Mozart and Beethoven and pushed them into new territory. His first symphony premiered in 1889 in Budapest. The work opens with the multiple instruments sounding a unison note spanning multiple octaves. The first melodies emerge from the unison, as the tonality is slowly revealed. After the introduction, a very beautiful and delicate D Major song, reminiscent of spring time, is introduced by the cellos. Throughout the entire a movement, a cuckoo bird can be heard evoking nature. The movement builds to a climax when the delicate D Major song loudly speeds to the end.

Written by: SSG Aaron Ludwig, cello


Violin I

SSG Sergey Prokofyev
SFC Catherine Gerhiser
SSG Charles Gleason
SSG Patrick Lin

Violin II
SSG Lisa Park
MSG Annette Barger
SGM Marlisa Woods
SFC Robert Martin
MSG Daniel Pierson

SSG Erica Schwartz
SSG Becca Barnett
SFC Judy Cho

SFC Samuel Swift
SSG Aaron Ludwig
SFC Ben Wensel
SFC Hrant Parsamian

SFC Eric Seay
SFC Zach Pride

MSG Megan Lomonof
SFC Ellie McGinness
SSG Carol Joe

SMSgt Tracey MacDonald (U.S. Air Force Band)
SGM Amanda Jury
SFC Meredith Rouse
SFC Janice Kim

SFC Jennifer Trujillo
SFC Aaron Scott
SSG Samantha Frenduto
SSG Davis Hampton

MSG Dean Woods
SFC Rogelio Garza
SSG Thomas Reynolds

SFC Kelly Corbett
SSG David Puchkoff
SSG Anthony Sadlon
SSG Timothy McCarthy

French Horn
MSG Shawn Hagen
MSG Benjamin Cadle
SFC Aaron Cockson
SFC Evan Geiger
SFC Christy Klenke
SSG Jacob Wiggins

SSG Omar Dejesus
SSG Ethan Scholl
SSG Michael Burner

MSG Tom Bratten

SSG Jake Harpster, timpani
SSG Brian Blume
SSG Oni Lara

SFC Nadia Pessoa


Violin I
Audrey Goodner
Lindsey Lim
Jeanne Kim
Stephanie Dragoi

Violin II
David Wang
Faith Zhang
Katherine Song
Isabelle Park
Lucy Wang

Emma Zou
Katie Hwang
Micah Rashada
John Ross

Hank Scollon
Jacob Lee

Anderson Bernal

Isabella Tang
David Seol
Catherine Nan

Yunah Kwon
Hannah Cho
Cindy Liu

Sean Xie

Justin Ma

Justin Smith

Olivia Tilley

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