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Submitted by William Conville, Delaware County Symphony

The Delaware County Bar Association
is very pleased to announce our
latest Affinity Partnership with
the Delaware County Symphony, a
community orchestra established in
1971 that is dedicated to providing
outstanding musical experiences for
residents of the Delaware County
area. Concerts are given at Neumann
University's Meagher Theatre in the
Thomas A. Bruder, Jr. Life Center
located in Aston, Pennsylvania.
Members of the DCBA who purchase
a ticket to the symphony will get
a second ticket for free. To access
the symphony schedule, go to
http://www.dcsmusic.org/. Join
the Delaware County Symphony
this season to hear some of the
classical music's finest compositions,
performed by Maestro Joseph
Caminiti and the DCS along with
outstanding guest musicians.

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few moments before the first notes of the symphony
concert are heard, concertgoers see an elegantly dressed
woman walk to the front of the stage. Smiling warmly,
she welcomes the audience with a bow, and then turns to the musicians and begins the process of tuning the orchestra. Only when
she is satisfied with the sound does Concertmaster Nina Vieru take
her seat as first violinist.
And thus begins the second concert of the Delaware County
Symphony's 2017-2018 season, which takes place inside the intimate, 300-seat Meagher Theatre on the campus of Neumann University in Aston, Pa.
The role of concertmaster (known in Europe by the more direct
title of "leader") is one that requires not only superb playing ability and broad musicianship, but also "grace under pressure, the
optimism of a cheerleader, and the finesse of an ambassador," says
Vieru.
"The orchestra can only really play together if the concertmaster and the conductor are working together," Vieru says. "The
concertmaster must lead the orchestra to play with unanimity of
purpose."
To that end, the job of the concertmaster involves several different roles, one of which is playing all of the violin solos (unless
a guest soloist has been invited to participate).
"I must play with the focus and discipline of an orchestra
member and strive to blend with the other first violins, yet when a
passage arises for violin alone, I must play with the freedom and
brilliance of a soloist," Vieru explains. "This is one reason why the
concertmaster must know the music cold. I have to know the first
violin part inside out, of course, but I also have to know what the
clarinet is going to play in a certain measure, when the brass will
come in, and so on."
She adds, "If you're not prepared, other members won't listen
to you or follow you. It takes a lot of work. Therefore, I must bal-


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