Orchestra Performs "Scheherazade," Honors Cherished USD Supporter

Orchestra Performs "Scheherazade," Honors Cherished USD Supporter

The Greater San Diego Chamber Orchestra, founded and conducted by University of San Diego music faculty member Dr. Angela Yeung, performed two concerts, once on the evening of March 29 and again on the afternoon of March 31, in Shiley Theatre.

GreaterSD Orchestra / ReggieSmith

Highlighting the nearly two-hour music program were songs featuring solos by USD student Elizabeth Tin-Maung ’20 on violin, and Ramon Negron, an USD adjunct faculty instructor in applied music, on viola; piano performances by youth Music Teachers Association of California Concerto competition winners Youchae Bae and Alexis Wu, who both collaborated with the orchestra and were conducted by another USD music faculty member, Dr. Jeff Malecki; and a special performance of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade.

The latter performance was performed to celebrate and honor Reggie Smith, a longtime friend and supporter of USD.

“I really like it. It is a haunting, difficult piece to play and it includes instruments such as the English horn,” she said of the multi-part Scheherazade.

Following congratulatory words from Mulvaney Center CASA's Director of Community-Engaged Learning John Loggins and USD President Emerita, Dr. Mary E. Lyons, Smith, an active volunteer and supportive donor to the university for more than 50 years, was presented with a framed plaque for her years of service in Linda Vista and at USD. In addition to her support, she is also the parent of a USD School of Law graduate.

“USD is so blessed to have Reggie as one of its most dedicated community liaisons,” Dr. Yeung said. “She enriches anything that and anyone whom she lends a hand and she is always there to listen and to help.”

Yeung cherishes Smith’s friendship and support. “I am one of the lucky USD faculty who gets to know Reggie, first as a patron to the arts, then a friend and now a mentor. Playing Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade was a dream that Reggie turned into a reality. The orchestra is indebted to her unwavering support.”

An encore performance on March 31 offered a second opportunity to recognize Smith’s support. Malia Pfister, senior advisor for USD’s Community and Government Relations Office, honored her with remarks.

— Ryan T. Blystone 

Learn more about Reggie Smith’s dedicated support for the university in a recent USD News Center article.

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