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 Pittsburgh Symphony Chamber Orchestra to Perform May 3 at SRU 

 

SPOTLIGHT

Feb. 28, 2005

Contact: Gordon Ovenshine

PITTSBURGH SYMPHONY CHAMBER ORCHESTRA TO PERFORM MAY 3             

AT SLIPPERY ROCK UNIVERSITY; CONDUCTOR TO WORK WITH STUDENTS

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – The Pittsburgh Symphony Chamber Orchestra, one of the most traveled ensembles in the region, will play three horn and orchestra movements by Mozart, as well as a tango suite for violins and other pieces during an 8 p.m. May 3 concert at Slippery Rock University’s Miller Auditorium. Tickets are $10, with discounted rates available for groups of 20 or more.

Violinist and teacher Andres Cardenes will conduct, with he and eight other musicians soloing on violin, viola, cello and horn. He will also host a pre-concert workshop with SRU music students, giving them practice and performance tips.

  Cardenes has garnered acclaim for a ferocious technique balanced by tonal subtlety, according to the orchestra’s Web site.  In 1997, Pittsburgh Magazine named him Classical Artist of the Year. He won the top American prize in the 1982 Tchaikovsky International Violin Competition in Moscow.

 Has appeared with more than 100 orchestras worldwide, including those in Moscow, Helsinki, Shanghai, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Los Angeles and Houston. He has been an active music instructor for more than 20 years, beginning at Indiana University in 1979, followed by the universities of Utah, Michigan and his current teaching post at Carnegie Mellon.

Advancing SRU’s friendship with the Pittsburgh Symphony

            Cardenes will play violin, provide pointers and answers questions when he meets with SRU students, says Maribeth Knaub, chair of the SRU music department. Many of the students will supplement the tutorial at the concert.

           “He can communicate to them from an extremely professional level how he became a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony, how he grew in his professional life and what enables him to stay on top as a musician,” Knaub says.

           She notes the chamber orchestra’s concert at SRU enhances a relationship between the university and the Pittsburgh Symphony. Last month, 15 SRU students performed at Heinz Hall, with Marvin Hamlish and Robert Page as conductors, during the All-Star College Chorus’ tribute to composer Irving Berlin.

  For tickets, call 724-738-2091. For group rates, call 724-738-4499.

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