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 Pittsburgh Symphony Quartet to Perform Nov. 17 at SRU 



Oct. 24, 2006

Contact: Gordon Ovenshine: 724-738-4854;


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- The Pittsburgh Symphony Quartet will perform Nov. 17 at Slippery Rock University and host a residency with 35 SRU music majors, giving them a first-hand look at their lives as classical musicians.

The free, informal performance and discussion, open to the public, is set for 1:30 p.m. in Swope Music Hall Choir Room.  The quartet will select movements from Dvorak’s American Quartet Op. 96, Mozart’s String Quartet K.465 “Dissonance” and Gardel’s tango “Por Una Cabeza.”

In the morning, the quartet will host a residency program for third through fifth graders at Slippery Rock Area Elementary School.

SRU, which is sponsoring both appearances, invited the quartet as part of an outreach program to encourage young people to take an interest in music. Students can ask questions and gain insight for improving their own playing, or interest in music.

The appearances were made possible by a performance partnership between SRU and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, which sponsors the quartet and Pittsburgh Symphony Pops. The pops will perform Feb. 7 at SRU as part of SRU’s Performing Arts Series.

The Pittsburgh Symphony Quartet includes Jennifer Orchard, first violin, Sarah Clendenning, second violin, Marylene Gingras-Roy, viola and Mikhail Istomin, cello. They are full-time members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and have performed across the U.S.

Clendenning joined the Pittsburgh Symphony violin section at the beginning of the 1997-98 season. Orchard, a native Canadian, performs as a soloist and chamber musician. Gingras-Roy joined the symphony viola section in 1997, and native Russian Istomin joined in 1991.

           The quartet’s visit to SRU is partially supported by a grant from Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour, a program developed and funded by the Heinz Endowments; the William Penn Foundation; the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts; and the Pew Charitable Trust,  administered by the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation.

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