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Eric Sloss

For immediate release:
February 21, 2005

Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic Performs at Carnegie Music Hall

Friday, April 1, at 8 p.m.

PITTSBURGH—The Carnegie Mellon University Philharmonic will perform under the direction of Juan Pablo Izquierdo at Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 1. The program will include Arnold Schoenberg's "Chamber Symphony Op. 9" and "Entruckung (Transport)," and Igor Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring." Pianist Walter Morales, soprano Anna Panagulias and Cuarteto Latinoamericano will be featured soloists.

"All of the works on the program were surrounded by astonishing controversy that accompanied their first performance," Izquierdo said.

Although radical at their debut, these works have had profound influence on the contemporary approach to musical language. "Today that language has entered the vernacular," said Izquierdo. "It is no longer thought to be so challenging to audiences and musicians. In fact, today 'Rite of Spring' is recognized as a virtuoso orchestral masterpiece and belongs to the repertoire of any outstanding orchestra."

Young musicians from all over the United States and 10 foreign countries comprise the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic. Under Izquierdo's direction, audiences and critics at such prestigious institutions as the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Boston Symphony Hall, and Carnegie Hall in New York have enthusiastically received the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic. Recordings of the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic appear on the Mode Records, New World Records, New Albion and Carnegie Mellon record labels.

Izquierdo is a professor of music at Carnegie Mellon's School of Music and the music director for the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic. Born in Santiago, Chile, Izquierdo studied composition at the University of Chile before becoming a pupil of Hermann Scherchen, with whom he studied for three years in Switzerland. His international career includes conducting orchestras such as: Bavarian Radio and other radio orchestras in Hamburg, Berlin, Frankfurt, Leipzig, Madrid, BBC Glasgow, Paris, Brussels, Vienna Symphony, Holland Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic, Jerusalem Symphony and the Israel Chamber Orchestra.

Ticket prices range from $4-5. For ticketing information, please contact Amy Stabenow at 412- 268-2383. For any other information, please contact Eric Sloss at 412-268-5765 or


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