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Contact:
Eric Sloss
412-268-5765

For immediate release:
November 11, 2005

Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic Performing November 22 with David Effron, Guest Conductor

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's Philharmonic will perform in concert at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 22, in the Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland. Juan Pablo Izquierdo, a professor of music and director of orchestral studies at Carnegie Mellon, will be the music director and GRAMMY® Award winner David Effron will be the guest conductor.

Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and free for Carnegie Mellon students with ID.

"The program features Otto Nicolai's sparkling overture to the opera 'The Merry Wives of Windsor,' based on Shakespeare's comedy about the misadventures of Sir John Falstaff and also Rachmaninoff's landmark work of 20th-century Romanticism, his Symphony No. 2," said Alan Fletcher, head of the School of Music.

The program is as follows:

  • Overture to "The Merry Wives of Windsor," Otto Nicolai (1810-1849)
  • Intermission
  • Symphony No. 2 in E minor, op. 27 Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
    Largo Allegro moderato
    Allegro moderato
    Adagio
    Allegro vivace

"Our guest conductor, David Effron, is a renowned figure in the world of music, a GRAMMY Award winner, formerly head of the Merola and Central City Opera festivals and now leader of the Brevard Festival, one of America's most important summer music programs. After a legendary tenure as director of orchestras for the Eastman School, Effron went to Indiana University at Bloomington in 1998," Fletcher said.

Izquierdo has conducted Chile's National and Philharmonic Orchestras and in 1966, he won first prize in the Dimitri Mitropoulos International Competition for Conductors and was named assistant conductor to Leonard Bernstein for the New York Philharmonic. 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.

Izquierdo directed the Testimonium Israel Festival in Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv from 1974 to 1985, and in 1976 he was awarded the National Music Prize by the Israel Ministry of Culture. He has been principal conductor of the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon and the Santiago Philharmonic Orchestra, which he reorganized and conducted until 1986.

The 2005-06 academic year represents the centennial anniversary of Carnegie Mellon's College of Fine Arts. In the fall of 1905 the first students matriculated in the School of Fine and Applied Arts at the Carnegie Technical Schools. 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 their associated centers and programs. The School of Music is one of the nation's most distinguished degreegranting music preparatory programs. For more information about events marking the College of Fine Arts' Centennial, visit www.cmu.edu/cfa/centennial. For more information about the College of Fine Arts, visit www.cmu.edu/cfa or contact Eric Sloss at 412-268-5765 or ecs@andrew.cmu.edu.

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