Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic Concert Features
Its Last Orchestral Studies Candidate
PITTSBURGH—Ronald Zollman, the last of five director of orchestral studies candidates, will lead the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic at 8 p.m., April 29 in Oakland's Carnegie Music Hall. Tickets can be purchased at the Carnegie Music Hall and are $5 for general admission, $4 for senior citizens and free for college students with ID.
The performance will open with Mozart's lively "Overture to Die Entführung aus dem Serail" followed by Shostakovich's "Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor," featuring student violinist Eunice Keem.
"Shostakovich's world has always been close to me not only because of the strength and beauty of his music, but also because of the man he was - struggling daily to survive in the complex circumstances of the Soviet era," Zollman said.
Zollman will then lead the ensemble in the closing performance of Franck's rich and exciting "Symphony in D minor."
Conductor of Indiana University's Opera and Ballet Theater, Zollman has been recognized for his mastery of traditional repertoire and commitment to contemporary music.
Born in Antwerp, Zollman began his musical training at the age of 4. He attended courses at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp and Brussels and studied under Igor Markevitch and Nadia Boulanger in Paris. He has appeared as guest conductor with many highly regarded orchestras in Europe, such as the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra de la Suisse Romande, the Residente Orkest and the Orchestra de Chamber de Lausanne. He recently received a Golden Record for his recording of the soundtrack for Le Maitre de Musique (The Master of Music), a film nominated for Best Foreign Picture at the Academy Awards.
"I am very much looking forward to this concert with the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic, which I know only too well by its excellent reputation," Zollman said.
The Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic is comprised of student musicians from across the United States and 19 foreign countries. Audiences and critics at such prestigious institutions as the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Boston's Symphony Hall and Severance Hall in Cleveland have received philharmonic performances enthusiastically. Its recordings appear on the Mode Records, New World Records, New Albion and Carnegie Mellon record labels. The orchestra claims alumni in the New York Philharmonic, and the Chicago and Pittsburgh symphony orchestras, among many others.
Pictured above is Ronald Zollman, who will lead the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic on April 29.