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CMU School of Music Hosts Recital To Benefit
Haiti’s Hôpital Albert Schweitzer, Sept. 4
Artist Lecturer Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida To Perform
PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Music will present a benefit concert featuring artist lecturer Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida, principal oboe of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO), with all proceeds being directed to Haiti’s Hôpital Albert Schweitzer. The recital begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 4 in the College of Fine Arts’ Kresge Theatre. Cash donations will be accepted at the door.
The recital honors the work of the late Dr. William Larimer Mellon and his wife, Gwen, founders of Hôpital Albert Schweitzer in Deschapelles, Haiti; Dr. Mellon’s sister, the late Rachel Mellon Walton, endowed DeAlmeida’s PSO chair in his name. Hôpital Albert Schweitzer is one of the few working hospitals that remain operational in post-earthquake Haiti. Ian G. Rawson, managing director of Hôpital Albert Schweitzer in Deschapelles, Haiti, was the keynote speaker for Carnegie Mellon University’s 113th commencement ceremony in May.
“It is an incredible privilege for me to be able to support this generous family who has given so much to both the city of Pittsburgh and the people of Haiti,” DeAlmeida said. “Upon learning of Dr. Mellon’s enormous contributions to society, I felt it important to honor his legacy while holding his endowed chair at the PSO.”
The evening’s program includes works for oboe and piano, such as Sonate in b minor by Alexander Wunderer and Schumann’s Romances Op. 94. Fellow Carnegie Mellon faculty members Douglas Ahlstedt, associate professor of voice, and William Caballero, artist lecturer and principal horn of the PSO, will join DeAlmeida in movements from “Ten Blake Songs” by Ralph Vaughn Williams, and Trio for Piano, Oboe and Horn Op. 188 by Carl Reinecke. Marina Lupinacci will accompany DeAlmeida, in addition to performing Debussy’s “L’Isle Joyeuse” for solo piano.
DeAlmeida has been hailed as “hands down one of the best players in the world” by the American Record Guide in a review of her second solo CD “Mist Over the Lake.” She has served as principal oboe of the PSO since 1991, where she has debuted world premiere works for oboe and also has given numerous performances as a featured soloist. DeAlmeida received a bachelor’s of music degree from the University of Michigan under the tutelage of Arno Marriotti, and a master’s of music degree from Temple University, as a student of Richard Woodhams.
For more information on this special event, visit the School of Music’s website at http://music.cmu.edu.