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Chamber Orchestra Returns for Concert on March 26

Andrés Cárdenes

The Lively Arts at Indiana University of Pennsylvania will present the Pittsburgh Symphony Chamber Orchestra as part of its 2009–2010 Performance Plus season. The program, conducted by Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s concertmaster Andrés Cárdenes, will be presented on Friday, March 26, 2010, at 8:00 p.m. in Fisher Auditorium of IUP’s Performing Arts Center.

The concert will feature several works, including two performed with IUP faculty members and students. To bring the chamber orchestra to a full concert size, PSO members will play side by side with selected faculty members and students in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 in F Major.

Another group of students, alumni, and faculty members from the IUP Wind Ensemble and Keystone Winds will be joined by several members of the PSO for “Icarus.” The piece, by Richard Danielpour—PSO’s composer of the year and a frequent guest to IUP—received its Pittsburgh premiere when the IUP Keystone Winds performed it last November in Heinz Hall for the annual IUP Plays Pittsburgh concert.

The chamber orchestra will open the concert with “Vision and Miracles” by Christopher Theofandis, written in 1997. They will also perform the Scherzo from Felix Mendelssohn’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” The work was written in 1841 at the invitation of King Frederick of Prussia when Mendelssohn served as music director of the Academy of the Arts in Berlin.

Cárdenes brings a great degree of passion and dedication to his performances. Cuban-born, he has garnered international acclaim from both critics and audiences alike for his technique balanced by a remarkable tonal subtlety. He was appointed concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra by Maestro Lorin Maazel in 1989, and he holds the Rachel Mellon Walton endowed chair.

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, starting in the early 1900s, has confirmed its ranking as a world-class orchestra, earning critical acclaim for over twenty-five international tours. The orchestra has also showcased itself in all of America’s major cities and music centers. In 2007, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra became the first orchestra to receive both the Bank of America and MetLife Awards for Excellence in Orchestra Education.

Tickets for the March 26 event are available in advance at the Hadley Union Building ticket office on the IUP campus. Tickets remaining can be purchased at the door starting at 7:00 p.m.

Pittsburgh Symphony Chamber OrchestraTickets are $16 regular admission, $14 for seniors and groups, and $10 for students and children.

For more information, call the Fine Arts Public Events Office at 724-357-2547 or the HUB Ticket Office at 724-357-1313. Tickets are also available at IUP Tickets.

The concert is funded by various individual donors. Performance Plus is presented by the Lively Arts and the College of Fine Arts with support from the IUP Student Cooperative Association, the Office of International Education, the Liberal Studies program, and the Career Development Center. Additional support is provided by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts’ Partners in the Arts program managed by the Pennsylvania Rural Arts Alliance.

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