Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Andrés Cárdenes

The Lively Arts at Indiana University of Pennsylvania will present the Pittsburgh Symphony Chamber Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Camerata in a joint concert Nov. 14 at 8 p.m. in the IUP Performing Arts Center's Fisher Auditorium. The program is part of the 2008–09 Performance Plus season.

This special all-Vivaldi concert will be conducted by Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Andrés Cárdenes, who will also be the featured soloist on four Vivaldi concerti.

The program will begin with the two ensembles performing Vivaldi's choral masterwork, “Gloria.” Soloists include Joy Hess, soprano; Kate Clark, mezzo; Ann Cloutier, alto; and Jane Potter Baumer, alto.

The second half of the program features Cárdenes as violin soloist performing four recently discovered Vivaldi works for orchestra and violin.

Cuban-born Cárdenes was appointed concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra by Maestro Lorin Maazel in 1989 and holds the Rachel Mellon Walton endowed chair.

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has earned critical acclaim for more than 25 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.

The Pittsburgh Camerata, under the direction of Rebecca A. Rollett, is a professional choral organization. Founded in 1974, the group specializes in the entire choral repertory, with a focus on Renaissance and Baroque and 20th century works.

Pittsburgh Camerata's Rebecca Rollett

A native of New Mexico, Rollett studied organ, composition and choral conducting at Arizona State University. She completed her degree in organ performance at Oral Roberts University. She holds an associate certificate with the American Guild of Organists and earned her master's degree in choral conducting under Robert Page at Carnegie Mellon University.

Tickets for the concert 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 p.m. Tickets are $16 for 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 online at iuptickets.com.

This performance is being made possible, in part, with support from Wilmoth Interests Inc., Ann Wilmoth, The Neal Fund, Indiana Symphony Society, Mark Piwinsky and Dolores Brzycki, and the IUP Department of Music.

Performance Plus is presented through funding from the Student Cooperative Association, African American Cultural Center, Office of International Affairs, Liberal Studies, Office of Social Equity, Division of Student Affairs and a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts through Pennsylvania Rural Arts Alliance.