Here is a preview of the 2015-2016 Season!

The 2015-2016 Season

 Welcome to the OSFL 2015-2016 Season!

Our Opening Concert at the Clemens Center on Saturday, September 19, 2015 will feature Guest Pianist Charis Dimaras performing Piano Concerto by Scriabin. The program will also include In the Steppes of Central Asia by Borodin and Symphony No. 4 by Tchaikovsky.

The annual Holiday Concert this year at the Clemens Center on December 13, 2015, will be a festival of enchanting and magical holiday masterpieces. Don’t miss joining with friends, family and the Chorus of the Southern Finger Lakes in a sing-along of holiday favorites.

The Spring Concert at the Clemens Center on Sunday March 6, 2016 will introduce the 2015 winner of our annual Hertzog Competition. What major young talent will be discovered and perform with the entire orchestra and chorus on stage this year! Your subscription ensures you won’t miss this opportunity to see classical music’s next rising superstar!

The Mother’s Day Eve Concert at Corning Museum of Glass on Saturday, May 7, 2016 will feature guest artist Chelsea Starbuck Smith on violin performing Violin Concerto by Sibelius. The program will also include Blumine by Mahler, Heart Throb by Duffy, and the conclusion to the season the Grand Canyon Suite by Grofe.

Don’t forget to purchase your Chamber Series – Musicians’ Choice Subscription, presented at the Rockwell Museum. You get all three concerts for only $75.00. Seating is limited, so a subscription will guarantee you a seat at this sold out event!


Season 2015-2016

Opening Season Concert

Saturday, September 19, 2015       7:30 p.m.   Clemens Center, Elmira     

                             Charis Dimaras, Piano

Smith                       The Star-Spangled Banner      

Borodin                    In the Steppes of Central Asia           

Scriabin                    Piano Concerto                      

Tchaikovsky            Symphony No. 4


Holiday Concert

Sunday, December 13, 2015        4:00 p.m.       Clemens Center, Elmira

            Chorus of the Southern Finger Lakes

Handel Selections from Messiah

Tchaikovsky Selections from the Nutcracker

Prokofiev Troika from Lt. Kije

Delius Sleigh Ride

Anderson Sleigh Ride

Sing-Along Holiday Favorites


Spring Concert

Sunday, March 6, 2016             4:00 p.m.      Clemens Center, Elmira               

Youth Orchestra and Junior String Ensemble  *  Chorus of the Southern Finger Lakes
                                              Vocal Solist: Ivy Walz

Tchaikovsky                  Marche Slave 

Concerto                        2015 Hertzog Competition Winner 

Prokofiev                        Peter and the Wolf

Stavinsky                       The Song of the Volga Boatman

Prokofiev                        Alexander Nevsky



Mother’s Day Eve Concert

Saturday,  May 7, 2016               7:30 p.m.      Corning Museum of Glass               

                           Chelsea Starbuck Smith, Violin 

Duffy                             Heart Throb                                      

Mahler                           Blumine (Flora)                                              

Sibelius                         Violin Concerto in D Minor

Grofe                             Grand Canyon Suite               



Mother's Day Eve Concert Program 2015


 The Alchemists' Ball Drew Hemenger

The Alchemists' Ball is the somewhat whimsical journey of a four-note motive. This opening motive, first played by the metal percussion instruments, develops throughout the work in a kind of "alchemical" way, finally reappearing as funk accompanied by a rock/jazz rhythm section. A dark underpinning, emerging from a four-note double bass chord, permeates the work and is finally absorbed and transformed in the frantic final moments.

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77 Johannes Brahms

Clare Semes, Violin

The Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77, was composed by Johannes Brahms in 1878 and dedicated to his friend, the violinist Joseph Joachim. It is Brahms's only violin concerto, and, according to Joachim, one of the four great German violin concertos ever!

Symphony No.3 in C Minor (Organ Symphony) Camille Saint-Saëns

David Peckham, Organ

The Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 78, was completed by Camille Saint-Saëns in 1886 at what was probably the artistic peak of his career. It is also popularly known as the Organ Symphony, even though it is not a true symphony for organ, but simply an orchestral symphony where two sections out of four use the pipe organ. The composer inscribed it as: Symphonie No. 3 "avec orgue" (with organ).


Mother's Day Eve Concert Single Tickets

Online single concert tickets to the Mother's Day Eve Concert on May 9 at 7:30 p.m at the Clemens Center are available at
Clemens Center Box Office

or by calling
the Clemens Center Box Office at 607-734-8191 

Adult: $45, $35, $15
Youth: $8 
Student (College): $10

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Clare Elena Semes

Clare Elena Semes, 23,is a student at The Juilliard School where she is a student of Donald Weilerstein and Laurie Smukler. She has performed in numerous ensembles at Juilliard including the new musicensemble AXIOMand has served as concertmaster of the Juilliard Orchestraand the Juilliard Chamber Orchestra. She has performed as soloist with orchestras throughout the United States and Asia, including the Shanghai Philharmonic, Newark Symphony, Riverside Sinfonia, Ocean City Pops, Macau Youth Orchestra, Eastern Connecticut Symphony,among others.She hasbeen heard onthe popularNPRshowFrom the Top, RTHK’s radio showChildren’s Corner(Hong Kong), and at the Shanghai Concert Hall’s liveWeekly Radio Broadcast.Later this year she will appear as soloist with theOrchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes.Clare has performed as a founding member of the Kleio Quartet at the Rhinebeck Chamber Music Society, the Mann Chamber Music Institute, and theYoungArts at the Metropolitan Museum of Artseries, and Kneisel Hall. She has also appeared at the Aspen Music Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, and the Verbier Festival. ​

Drew Hemenger

Emerging as a composer with a unique, yet quintessentially American sound, Drew Hemenger's music has been heard all over North America, Europe, and as far as Russia and Asia.  Described as "deceptively simple" (New Music Box); "perfectly crazy" (Sequenza 21); and "unlike anything I've heard before - in a good way!" (Ned Rorem), Hemenger's music has been performed in venues ranging from Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center to intimate churches in the Midwest. Although he now considers himself a New Yorker, Hemenger remains close to his Ohio roots.

His works have been commissioned by distinguished artists and institutions, both here and abroad. These include the AIDS Quilt Songbook @ 20 (Her Final Show), The Auros Ensemble (For Robin), Chamber Music Yellow Springs (Three Inner Moments: String Quartet No. 2, for The Vogler Quartet), Sweden's Duo Con Forza (Petit Duo), the Goldman Memorial Band (Manhattan Flourish), Madrid's Jones & Maruri Cello/Guitar Duo (Songs From America), The Lively Arts at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (An Evening in the Harlem Renaissance), Chicago's Orion Ensemble (Which Way Home?), pianists Pascal and Ami Rogé (Four Places in New York, piano 4-hands version), Symphony New Hampshire (Marifé Suite), and the University of Texas at Austin (Sharks, for violinist Brian Lewis).

Commercial recordings include Songs from America performed by the Jones & Maruri Cello/Guitar Duo on EMEC Discos and Her Final Show performed by Anthony Dean Griffey and Thomas Bagwell on the new CD An Aids Quilt Songbook: Sing for Hope on GPR Records. Produced in collaboration with the non-profit organization Sing for Hope, Songbookfeatures music from the AIDS Quilt Songbook @ 20 concert from World AIDS Day 2012 at Cooper Union in New York City.

Currently, Hemenger is working on a large-scale opera about a Filipina mail-order bride and her marriage to Oklahoma City bomber Terry Nichols. Marifé is based on a novella by Filipino-American writer Marianna Villanueva.

Winner of Boston University's 1996 ALEA III International Composition Competition, Hemenger's residencies and fellowships include the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Banff Centre, Omi International Arts Center, and the Bowdoin and Aspen Music Festivals. He has also served as Composer-in-Residence for the New York-based dance company, RamosDance.

Hemenger earned a Bachelor's degree in Trumpet Performance from Ohio Wesleyan University, after which he studied composition at The Juilliard School with Stanley Wolfe. His Master's and Doctoral degrees are from the Manhattan School of Music where he studied principally with Richard Danielpour. Other teachers and mentors include George Crumb, David Del Tredici, Sebastian Currier, and Robert Beaser.

Hemenger's music is published by Seemsa (Madrid), LK Drew Publishing, and Drew Hemenger Mus

David Peckham


A gentleman of multiple musical talents, David has been touring nationally and internationally as a theatre organist since 1980 and has performed at many of the finest theatre organs worldwide.

David has four theatre organ recordings to his credit. His most recent recording – No Remaining Seats – played on Rochester’s RKO Palace Wurlitzer, was released in the summer of 2005. His recording Live from Berkley has received stellar reviews since its release in 1997. His first recording, Electro-Pneumatic Action, features the Clemens Center’s very own Marr & Colton Theatre Organ. Excerpts from this recording have been featured many times on Pipedreams, NPR’s showcase of organs and organists from around the world.

Peckham’s classical training at the Eastman School of Music has allowed him to pursue more traditional organ venues as well. He is the organist at the Horseheads First United Methodist Church, his role since 1985, and has accompanied numerous choral and instrumental groups throughout the Southern Tier. He also performs as a classical recitalist. Resident organist at the Clemens Center since 1977, he presents solo programs, silent film accompaniment and participates in other local community attractions.

David is the caretaker of this marvelous instrument, original to the 1925 Keeney Theatre (as this performance hall was known prior to the 1950s.) His passion for the playing and caring for organs began at an early age as he worked alongside his father, Lauren, who began the L.A. Peckham Pipe Organ Service.


Spring Concert 2015

Spring Concert
Sunday, March 1, 2015             4:00 p.m.      Clemens Center, Elmira

Youth Orchestra and Junior String Ensemble  *  Chorus of the Southern Finger Lakes
             Elmira College Chamber Singers
Solists: Tamara Acosta, Ivy Walz, Carl Johengen, Brad Hougham

Ravel                          Mother Goose Suite

Verdi                          Overture to La forza del destino

Prokofiev                   I-Hao Cheng – 2014 Hertzog Competition Winner
                                  Violin Concerto in D Major

Mozart                        Requiem

2014 Hertzog Winner

I-hao Cheng

I-hao Cheng was born in Taiwan in 1998.  He started his first piano and violin lessons at the age of 3.  He came to Rochester, NY with his father in January 2012 to further his violin study under the tutelage of Professor Mikhail Kopelman at the Eastman School of Music/Eastman Community Music School (ECMS).  He has also been a music theory student of Ms. Margaret Henry at ECMS.  On February 8, 2013, he gave his first solo violin recital at the Howard Hansen Hall, Eastman School of Music.  In March 2013, he won the first prize of violin at the Virtuosi Music  Competition sponsored by the International School of Music and Arts of Rochester (ISMA Rochester).  In the summer 2014, he studied violin with Professor Victor Danchenko at the Summit Music Festival in White Plains, NY.   He worked very hard and met many friends at the Festival.  His hard work culminated in his winning the first prize of the Concerto Competition.  He is invited back to the Festival to perform at the winner's concert next summer.

Currently, I-hao is a tenth grade student at Brighton High School in Rochester New York.  He enjoys playing basketball, tennis, and ping-pong with family and friends during free time.