Carnegie Mellon Press Release: November 6, 2003
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Eric C. Sloss

For immediate release:
November 6, 2003

Cleveland Orchestra's James Gaffigan to Conduct The Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic

PITTSBURGH—James Gaffigan will conduct the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic at 8 p.m. on Friday, November 14, at Carnegie Music Hall, Oakland. The program will include Debussy's "Prèlude á l'après-midi d'un faune," Mahler's "Three Songs" and Mahler's "Symphony No. 1." General admission to the concert is $5; student admission is free with a valid student ID.

Gaffigan is assistant conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra and music director of The Cleveland Youth Orchestra. He was a conducting fellow at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen, directed by David Zinman, and this past summer attended Tanglewood as a conducting fellow. In the fall of 2002, Gaffigan took part in Synergy (organized by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the American Symphony Orchestra League), where he premiered a new work with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the guidance of Esa-Pekka Salonen. Gaffigan has also served as a cover conductor for a series of Boston Symphony Orchestra concerts under the direction of Andrè Previn.

"James Gaffigan is one of the most exciting young conductors in America. His pairing of Debussy and Mahler highlights the sweeping possibilities of elegance and magnificence in the post-Romantic style, while also offering our superb young orchestra musicians some of the best solo opportunities in the repertoire," said Alan Fletcher, head of Carnegie Mellon University's School of Music.

"Gaffigan's appointment with the Cleveland Orchestra brings him to one of the world's finest orchestras; his successes at Aspen and Tanglewood brought him before the finest young musicians in the country; the chance to work with him lets our sensational Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic prove itself as worthy of the challenge of this program."

The Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic is an ensemble of the Carnegie Mellon School of Music. The 100 members of the orchestra have been recruited from 32 states and 18 countries. The Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic under Music Director Juan Pablo Izquierdo has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and Symphony Hall in Boston.

Maestro Izquierdo has an international career conducting major orchestras in Europe and South America including the Vienna Symphony Orchestra as well as those in Hamburg, Berlin, Frankfurt, Dresden, Leipzig, Madrid, Paris and Brussels and he has also conducted festivals in Holland, Paris, Strasbourg, Berlin, Munich and Budapest. In the Middle East, Izquierdo has conducted the Jerusalem Symphony and the Israel Chamber Orchestra and was music director of the Testimonium Israel Festival in Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv from 1974 until 1985. His awards include the National Music Prize by the Israel Ministry of Culture and the National Critics Award in his native Santiago for the second time.

The School of Music is one of five schools in Carnegie Mellon's College of Fine Arts. The College of Fine Arts is a community of nationally and internationally recognized artists and professionals organized into five schools: Architecture, Art, Design, Drama and Music, and their associated centers and programs. For more information on the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic contact Eric Sloss at 412-268-5765 or email


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