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Eric Sloss
412-268-5765

For immediate release:
June 3, 2004

Carnegie Mellon University Professor to Premiere New Composition at International Music Festival

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon School of Music Professor of Composition Leonardo Balada will premiere his new composition in August at the Toroella de Montgri International Music Festival in Spain. The Czech Sinfonietta from Prague will perform his composition "Prague Sinfonietta."

When the Torroella International Music Festival commissioned Balada to compose an orchestral work and informed him that the piece would be performed by the orchestra from Prague, his instinct was to create a piece that related both to the performing orchestra and to the musical heritage of the town holding the festival, Torroella de Montgri.

Inspired by Mozart's masterpiece," Prague Symphony" and the beautiful music of VicenÁ Bou, a native of Torroella de Montgri, Balada challenged himself to compose a work that blended the personalities of the two artists with his own style.

The composition represents the spirit of Mozart's work by using some of its motives; it also portrays the rhythms and lyrical melodies of Bou's music and remains true to composer Balada's style.

Balada is known for his use of "avant-garde" techniques, his imposing style and his blending of modern traditional folkloric elements and sounds. Through his compositions, he exposes his interest in controversial subjects, such as antiwar, freedom and environmental issues.

"Prague Sinfonietta" will be the third world premiere of Balada's work in recent months. Last fall, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra performed his "Symphony No. 5-American" and the Orchestra and Chorus of the Comunidad de Madrid premiered "Ebony Fantasies" in February.

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 Architecture, Art, Design, Drama and Music and its associated centers and programs. For more information contact Eric Sloss 412-268-5765 or by email at ecs@andrew.cmu.edu.

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