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Eric C. Sloss

For immediate release:
November 5, 2004

Maestro Baldner To Conduct the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic's First Concert at CAPA

PITTSBURGH—Thomas Baldner, chair of Orchestra Studies at the Indiana University (Bloomington) School of Music, will conduct the Carnegie Mellon University Philharmonic at Pittsburgh's High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA), 8 p.m. Friday, November 12, 2004. The program includes Anton Bruckner's "Symphony No. 4" and Ludwig von Beethoven's "Overture to Fidelio." CAPA is located in downtown Pittsburgh at 111 9th Street, on the corner of 9th Street and Ft. Duquesne Boulevard. This will be the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic's first performance at CAPA. General admission to the concert is $5, and admission for seniors and staff is $4. Admission for Carnegie Mellon and CAPA students is free with a valid student ID. For tickets call 412-268-2383.

The Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic concert at CAPA brings the orchestra off campus to perform in a downtown location. Alan Fletcher, head of the School of Music, said, "We are particularly pleased to present this concert in cooperation with Pittsburgh's Creative and Performing Arts High School, with whom we have many partnerships in advancing the musical life of the city."

CAPA, founded in 1979, serves to provide students with an in-depth artistic experience rooted in a comprehensive academic program. In the fall of 2003, CAPA moved from Homewood to a brand-new, cutting-edge facility in downtown Pittsburgh.

"We welcome Baldner, one of the leading figures in American conservatory orchestral studies, to lead Bruckner's epic Fourth Symphony," said Fletcher. Baldner was formerly chief conductor of Rheinisches Kammerorchester in Cologne, Germany, and has been guest conductor with the Berlin Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra. Baldner has won the International Competition for Conductors at the Academia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Rome, and done numerous radio and television recordings and productions.

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 Maestro Juan Pablo Izquierdo has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and Symphony Hall in Boston and has made recordings on the Mode and New Albion labels.

The School of Music is one of five schools in Carnegie Mellon's College of Fine Arts. For more information on the College of Fine Arts contact Eric Sloss at 412-268-5765 or email


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