Providence Chamber Orchestra to perform at St. John’s

Submitted Photo Soloists Paul Roby (right) and Emily Roby (left), Paul's daughter.

St. John’s Lutheran Church (355 St. John’s Circle, Phoenixville) presents The Providence Chamber Orchestra, its resident ensemble, in concert on Sunday, Nov. 22 at 4 p.m. Performed will be Egmont Overture, Op. 84a and Symphony No. 1 in C, Op. 21 by Ludwig van Beethoven and Concerto for Two Violins in D minor (BWV 1043) by Johann Sebastian Bach.

Soloists in the Bach are Paul and Emily (daughter) Roby. Paul Roby’s first lessons were from his parents, a violinist and an oboist. His early studies continued with Mary Crowder-Hess and Roman Totenberg, students of Ivan Galamian and Carl Flesch, respectively. At the age of 16, Mr. Roby was accepted into the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he studied violin with Yumi Ninomiya Scott and Jascha Brodsky, members of the Curtis Quartet. Immediately after graduation from Curtis, Mr. Roby won a position with the Baltimore Symphony under David Zinman and soon after became a member of the National Symphony under Mstislav Rostropovich. In 1991, Mr. Roby became a member of The Philadelphia Orchestra under Riccardo Muti and in November 2000 was named associate principal second violin.

The 35 member Providence Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1999 to meet the musical needs and aspirations of its members, a group of talented, amateur musicians from the greater Philadelphia area, all of whom share a common passion for playing music. The group of volunteers rehearses twice monthly and presents an annual winter and spring concert in addition to accompanying the “St. John’s Choir & Friends” performance of major choral repertoire.

There is no admission charge but a freewill offering will be received to support ongoing orchestral performances in Phoenixville. A reception follows the concert.

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