Excerpts Library

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David Kim Concertmaster

Beethoven Symphony No. 9, third movement
Brahms Symphony No. 2, first movement 
Mozart Symphony No. 39, fourth movement

Kimberly Fisher Principal Second Violin

Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2, fugue
Bruckner Symphony No. 9, third movement 

Hai-Ye Ni Principal Cello (tutti excerpts)

Beethoven Symphony No. 5, second movement
Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night's Dream, Scherzo
Brahms Symphony No. 2, second movement
Debussy La Mer 

Hai-Ye Ni Principal Cello (solo excerpts)

Rossini Overture to William Tell
Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2, second movement
Tchaikovsky Swan Lake, cello solo
Shostakovich Symphony No. 1, fourth movement

Nathaniel West Acting Assistant Principal Bass

Mozart Symphony No. 40, first movement
Strauss Ein Heldenleben
Brahms Symphony No. 2, fourth movement

Jeffrey Curnow Associate Principal Trumpet

Musorgsky Pictures from an Exhibition, Promenade
Mahler Symphony No. 5, first movement
Stravinsky Petrushka (1947 version)
Ravel Piano Concerto in G major, first movement
Bach Mass in B minor, Credo in unum Deum
Off-Stage Excerpts:
Beethoven
 Leonore Overture No. 3 (off-stage part) & Respighi Pines of Rome, second movement (off-stage part)

Anthony Prisk Trumpet

Bach Christmas Oratorio 
Bach Magnificat
Bartók Concerto for Orchestra
Brahms Academic Festival Overture
Shostakovich Symphony No. 5, March
Gershwin An American in Paris
Mahler Symphony No. 1
Beethoven Symphony No. 5
Strauss Don Quixote

Matthew Vaughn Co-Principal Trombone

Ravel Bolero
Saint-Saëns Symphony No. 3 (“Organ”) 

Elizabeth Masoudnia English Horn

Berlioz Roman Carnival Overture 
Falla The Three-Cornered Hat, Cadenza
Respighi Pines of Rome, fourth movement 

Jennifer Montone Principal Horn

Beethoven Symphony No. 2
Beethoven Symphony No. 3 (“Eroica”)
Beethoven Symphony No. 6 (“Pastoral”)
Beethoven Symphony No. 7
Beethoven Symphony No. 8

Elizabeth Hainen Principal Harp

Britten The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra