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IUP Symphony Orchestra Performs Tuesday, April 21

The Lively Arts and Department of Music at Indiana University of Pennsylvania will present the IUP Symphony Orchestra on Tuesday, April 21, 2009, at 8:00 p.m.. The concert is the final performance of The Lively Arts’ Sound Choices series and will be presented in Gorell Recital Hall, located on the second floor of Sutton Hall.

The IUP Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Stanley Chepaitis and David Martynuik, will present a diverse evening of major orchestral works starting with Gustav Mahler’s symphonic movement from “Blumine,” originally composed for his “Titan” symphony. Chepaitis is featured as the soloist on Beethoven’s cosmic Violin Concerto, followed by Lou Harrison’s Symphony No. 3, heavily influenced by music from the Pacific Rim cultures.

Chepaitis holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree as well as a Performer’s Certificate from the prestigious Eastman School of Music. He has traveled around the world as a performer and composer.

Martynuik is an assistant professor of music and director of the IUP Marching Band. He earned a Ph.D. degree in music education from Florida State University. His compositions for large and small instrumental ensembles have been performed across the country.

Gustav Mahler was an Austrian composer and conductor. He was best known during his own lifetime as one of the leading orchestral and operatic conductors of the day. He has since come to be acknowledged as among the most important late-Romantic composers.

The Violin Concerto by Beethoven was premiered on December 23, 1806, in the Theater an der Wien in Vienna. Beethoven wrote the concerto for his colleague, Franz Clement, a leading violinist of the time. It has been one of the most important works of the violin concerto repertoire.

The orchestra is preparing for a tour of Maryland and Eastern Pennsylania. That tour will culminate performing this repertoire at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association State Convention in Valley Forge.

Tickets for the April 21 ensemble are available in advance at the Hadley Union Building ticket office on the IUP campus starting Monday, April 6, 2009. Tickets remaining can be purchased at the door starting forty-five minutes prior to the start of the performance. Tickets are $9 regular admission, $8 for seniors and groups, and $6 for students and children. Tickets may also be purchased on line at IUPtickets.com.

For more information, call The Lively Arts at 724-357-2547 or the HUB Ticket Office at 724-357-1313.

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