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Eric Sloss

For immediate release:
January 20, 2005

Carnegie Mellon Chamber Orchestra To Perform at the Third Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh 8 p.m. Sunday, January 30, 2005

Andrés Cárdenes, the Dorothy and Richard Starling and Alexander C. Speyer Professor of Music, will conduct the Carnegie Mellon Chamber Orchestra at the Third Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh at 8 p.m. on Sunday, January 30.

PITTSBURGH—The Carnegie Mellon University Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Andrés Cárdenes, will perform at the Third Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh at 8 p.m. on Sunday, January 30. The program for this performance will include:

  • "Tombeau de Couperin," by Maurice Ravel
  • "Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G Major," by Johann Sebastian Bach, featuring soloists: Andres Cárdenes, violin; Alberto Almarza, flute; and Jennifer Conner, flute
  • "Concerto in G Major for Viola," by Georg Philip Telemann, featuring soloist: Andres Cárdenes
  • "Lullaby for Strings," by George Gershwin
  • "Three Latin American Sketches," by Aaron Copland

This concert is free and open to the public.

The Carnegie Mellon Chamber Orchestra was established 12 years ago, at the suggestion of Juan Pablo Izquierdo, music director of the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic, as an opportunity for Carnegie Mellon students to work with Cárdenes, concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Composed almost exclusively of music majors, the Chamber Orchestra serves as a professional training ensemble. "It's good for the students to hear what it's like at the highest level of music-making as a conductor, as a soloist and as a chamber musician," says Cárdenes, "It's a great pleasure for me to work with the students at Carnegie Mellon, to watch them grow into wonderful young musicians." The Carnegie Mellon Chamber Orchestra performs once a year under the direction of Cárdenes. Guest artists such as pianist David Deveau, violist Roberto Diaz and cellist Anne Martindale Williams often join the Chamber Orchestra. This will be the third consecutive year that the orchestra will perform in the intimate setting of the Third Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh.

Cárdenes is the University Professor and the Dorothy and Richard Starling and Alexander C. Speyer Professor of Music at Carnegie Mellon. He received international recognition as the top American prizewinner in the 1982 Tchaikovsky International Violin Competition in Moscow. Cárdenes is acclaimed as both a soloist and a chamber musician, collaborating with such noted artists as André Previn, Lorin Maazel, David Zinman, Sergiu Comissiona, Joseph Silverstein and Jaime Laredo. Cárdenes has appeared with more than 50 major orchestras worldwide, from Hong Kong to Moscow, including the orchestras of St. Louis, Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Helsinki, Brussels, Caracas, Winnipeg and Cannes. A frequent recitalist, he has performed in nearly every major cultural center in the world. A former student and protégé of the legendary Josef Gingold, Cárdenes was also influenced by two other great luminaries of the violin world: Nathan Milstein and Ivan Galamian. A dedicated chamber musician, frequently collaborating with many of the world's finest musicians, Cárdenes makes guest appearances for sold-out audiences at the festivals of Seattle, Sitka, Skaneateles, Kapalua, Anchorage and Deer Valley. Cárdenes can be heard on the RCA, Arabesque, ProArte, Melodya and Enharmonic labels. He was appointed to the Carnegie Mellon faculty in 1989.

The Third Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh is located at 5701 Fifth Avenue (at South Negley). For additional information, please contact Eric Sloss at 412-268-5765 or


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