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Summit Symphony welcomes New Hometown Music Director

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Newly named music director Michael Avagliano leads the orchestra during a concert in March Credits: Evelyn Estava
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SUMMIT, NJ - The Summit Symphony Orchestra begins its 2015-16 season on Sunday, November 8 at 3:00 pm, at Lawton C. Johnson Middle School on Morris Ave. in Summit.  The concert will include music by Wagner, Schumann, and Tchaikovsky, featuring cellist Peter Prosser. Admission to all Summit Symphony concerts is free.   

Incoming Music Director Michael Avagliano will lead the Symphony, performing the Prelude to Act III of "Lohengrin" by Wagner, Schumann's Cello Concerto, and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 1, "Winter Dreams". The performance marks a milestone for the orchestra with the appointment of Mr. Avagliano. He was announced by the Symphony's Board of Directors in August after an extensive search.

A Summit native, Mr. Avagliano graduated from Summit High School, and remains a New Jersey resident in nearby Edison. "It's quite a homecoming to work with these wonderful musicians," he said. "The orchestra is a cornerstone of the Summit community, and I'm honored to help carry forward that tradition."

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Board President Alane Gruber added, "We're excited to begin our season with Michael's leadership. We invite everyone to come and experience the energy of the concert experience."

Mr. Avagliano has become a familiar face to area audiences with a rapidly-expanding body of work. He is on the faculty of Drew University, as conductor of the Drew Chamber Orchestra and violin professor. He also serves as music director of the Central Jersey Symphony, and recent New Jersey performances include the Plainfield Symphony, Opera Forza, and collaborations with Light Opera of New Jersey and the Young Pianist Competition of NJ. In addition, he has also appeared with the Greater Newburgh Symphony and the Northern Dutchess Symphony, and recently made his New York debut with the YPHIL International Youth Philharmonic.

Cellist Peter Prosser has had a multifaceted career that has taken him throughout North America as well as South America and Europe. Mr. Prosser has worked as a soloist, chamber musician, teacher, record producer and conductor, recording the Saint-Saens, Lalo and Dvorak concerti for Alabama Public Television,producing CDs for the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, making his Broadway conducting debut with the production of Gypsy starring Bernadette Peters, and conducting the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra at the Centennial Gala for the Philadelphia Orchestra. He was most recently an assistant conductor and principal cellist for the revival of West Side Story and principal cello for Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway.

For more information about this concert and about the Summit Symphony Orchestra, please visit www.summitsymphonynj.org.

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