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 Three from SRU Music Faculty to Join Butler County Symphony Orchestra 




Contact: K.E. Schwab  -- 724-738-2199;  e-mail:


     SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University music faculty Nanette Kaplan Solomon, Warren Davidson and Paula Tuttle will join the Butler County Symphony Orchestra Oct. 15 to open the symphony’s 57th season with a presentation of Beethoven’s “Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano in C.”

     The 8 p.m. performance, conducted by Elizabeth Heath-Charles, will be presented in Butler Intermediate High School. 

     Kaplan Solomon, professor of music at SRU, will be featured on piano; Davidson, instructor of music, will perform on violin; and Tuttle, instructor of music, will perform on cello. The seldom-performed work demands virtuosity and teamwork among the soloists.

      The program will also include a performance of John Adam's minimalist composition "Short Ride in a Fast Machine" and Emmanuel Chabrier's tribute to Iberia "Espana" offering Spanish rhythms and harmonies.

      Kaplan Solomon has been on the SRU faculty since 1977, where she teaches piano, music history, music skills and women in music. An active performer, she has appeared as a recitalist and soloist with orchestras and chamber musician. Her research into and performance of contemporary women composers has garnered her great recognition, and she has presented lecture-recitals at national and international conferences. Solomon received her bachelor of arts and master of music degrees from Yale College. Her doctorate was awarded by Boston University. She has produced three CD which have received wide distribution.

      Tuttle is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and has performed with the Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet Orchestra at the Benedum Center since 1987. She has toured the Far East with orchestras and played solo and chamber music recitals in Europe and the United States. Tuttle participated in the Spoleto Festival, the Colorado Music Festival and the Acadamie Franco-Americain.  In addition to teaching cello at SRU, she also serves on the faculties at Carnegie Mellon and Duquesne universities.

      Davidson is conductor of the Slippery Rock Symphony Orchestra and teaches violin, viola and string classes at SRU. He earned his bachelor of arts in philosophy and psychology at Duquesne University and his master of music in theory and composition at the University of Pittsburgh. He is completing work on a doctorate degree at West Virginia University. He recently performed with the Altoona and Westmoreland symphony orchestras.

      Tickets are available at May's Music Shoppe in Butler, Butler County Symphony Association, 259 S. Main St., Butler. Pre-concert tickets are $15 for adults; $8 students. At-the-door prices are $18, adults; $9 students.

For additional details call the symphony office at 724-283-1402.




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