Press Releases


Date Released: 5/5/2006

The Purchase Symphony POPS, conducted by  Matthew Oberstein, presents Music from the Movies and Broadway, May 12 at 8 PM in the Recital Hall of the Music Building. The program includes musical selections from Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Phantom of the Opera, the Beatles and more, and features mezzo-soprano Natalie Kikkenborg. Tickets are $18 and can be reserved by calling 914-251-6883 or purchased at the door, cash or check only.

Conductor and pianist Matthew Oberstein of Bellerose Village, N.Y., made his international conducting debut this past summer, leading the Slovak Sinfonietta Zilina in Vienna. This summer he will be conducting the Westchester Philharmonic on July 3 in an Independence Day pops program at the Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla, N.Y. He will be sharing conducting duties with music director Paul Lustig Dunkel. 

A graduate of the Purchase College School of the Arts, Conservatory of Music, he holds the distinction of being the first Purchase student to conduct the Purchase Symphony Orchestra. He is currently in the graduate Performer’s Certificate program at Purchase.

Mr. Oberstein’s most recent conducting activities include the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna’s International Summer Academy, where he was the only American participant; the London Conducting Workshop at the Royal College of Music; and the California Conducting Institute with the Bakersfield Symphony. In 2003, he conducted the debut performance of the Artemis Chamber Ensemble. He served as assistant conductor of the Purchase Opera and has been a frequent guest conductor of the Purchase Camerata.

Natalie Kikkenborg of New Rochelle, N.Y., recently won the prestigious Liederkranz Competition and placed in the Metropolitan Opera Regional finals. She received her bachelor of music degree from the Purchase College School of the Arts, Conservatory of Music last May and returned to Purchase to study in the graduate Performer’s Certificate Program. A Voice and Opera major, she has appeared in several operas at Purchase.

During the summer of 2004, Ms. Kikkenborg studied with the renowned Dalton Baldwin at the International Summer Music Academy of Nice, France, where she received the first place award for the “most promising opera singer” in the Les Azuriales opera competition. This past summer she studied at the Musical Academy of Villecroze in France, including master’s classes with opera singer Jessye Norman, and again studied with Mr. Baldwin.  She is the recipient of the Director’s Award from the Conservatory of Music.