The Lively Arts at Indiana University of Pennsylvania will present the Pittsburgh Symphony Chamber Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Camerata in a joint concert as part of its 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 concert will be held on Friday, November 14, at 8:00 p.m. in Fisher Auditorium of IUP’s Performing Arts Center.
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 maestro Cárdenes as violin soloist performing four Vivaldi works for orchestra and violin. These works are recently rediscovered works written by Vivaldi.
Antonio Vivaldi, a composer of great renown making his mark in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, may be best known for his masterpiece “The Four Seasons.”
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.
The Pittsburgh Camerata, under the direction of Rebecca A. Rollett, is one of the region’s finest professional choral organizations. Founded in 1974, the group specializes in the entire choral repertory with a unique focus on Renaissance/Baroque and twentieth-century works.
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 November 14 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 p.m. Tickets 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 on line.
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.