Violinist joins Packard band
The brass, woodwinds and percussion of the W.D. Packard Concert Band will be joined by a string player for its next concert.
Violinist Joseph Kromholz will be the guest soloist on John Williams’ theme for the film “Schindler’s List” and a medley of songs from Jerry Bock’s “Fiddler on the Roof” that will include “Far from the Home I Love,” “Matchmaker,” “If I Were a Rich Man” and “Sunrise, Sunset.”
Kromholz is head of strings at Youngstown State University’s Dana School of Music, where he teaches violin, viola and chamber music. He previously taught violin at Luther College and taught music theory at New England Conservatory. His students have attended the Juilliard School, Curtis Institute of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, New England Conservatory, Berklee College of Music and Harvard University.
He maintains an active performing career as a solo, chamber and orchestral musician with more than 100 concerts per year. In addition to being a founding member of the Linden String Quartet and a current member of the Dana String Quartet, he serves as concertmaster for Opera Western Reserve and the Warren Philharmonic Orchestra and as associate concertmaster of the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra and CityMusic Cleveland Chamber Orchestra.
Other selections on the program, conducted by Stephen L. Gage, include George and Ira Gershwin’s “Strike Up the Band,” Alfred Reed’s “Armenian Dances Part I,” Aaron Copland’s “Variations on a Shaker Melody,” the hymn “Just a Closer Walk with Thee” and a medley of klezmer classics by John de Meij.
The concert starts at 3 p.m. Sunday at Packard Music Hall, 1703 Mahoning Ave. NW, Warren. Admission is free and funding is provided by the W.D. Packard trust.