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New composition to premiere at anniversary concert Sept New composition to premiere at anniversary concert Sept. 9 The composition, "Caldey Variants," has variations for viola, chamber orchestra and percussion, and was commissioned as part of the GCO's 10th anniversary concert. The 24 member orchestra was founded by conductor Norman Nunamaker. New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra violist and Gettysburg native Mary Hammann is the soloist. Benedictine and Cisterian monks have inhabited Caldey Island, located off the coast of southwest Wales in the United Kingdom, since the sixth century. The composition theme was developed on a 2006 trip to the island and is followed by three variations scherzo, pastorale and loure. Jones is professor of music and director of the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College. He earned degrees in music education from Lebanon Valley College and Towson University and a doctor of musical arts from Temple University. Jones is an 11 time ASCAPlus Standard Award winner in composition and his commissioned works for concert band, jazz ensemble, orchestra and choir have been performed widely and received enthusiastically by audiences of all ages. He has been awarded grants from the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts, the Adams County Arts Council and the National Welsh American Foundation, and he received the Creative Arts Achievement Award from Lebanon Valley College in 2002. Hammann is a member of the renowned Aureole Trio and has been hailed as an "especially strong ensemble player. with a passion so convincing" by "Newsday." One of a family of five musical sisters, Hammann graduated from the Curtis Institute and the Mannes College of Music. She has collaborated with such old world chamber music masters as Felix Galimir, Eugene Lehner, Misha Schneider and Alexander Schneider, as well as members of the Guarneri Quartet. Hammann played principal viola under Alexander Schneider for the New York String Orchestra, as well for Solisti New York. She has appeared in numerous chamber music festivals, including Marlboro Music, Grand Canyon, Sarasota and Monadnock. As a concerto soloist, she has performed with the Jupiter Symphony at Lincoln Center and with Solisti for Mostly Mozart in collaboration with the Lar Lubovitch dancers.