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April 03, 2011


PITTSBURGH – The Carnegie Mellon School of Music will be wrapping up its 2010-2011 season with a series of lively concerts, including performances by Carnegie Mellon’s Jazz Ensemble (as part of the Spring Jazz Event), Guitar Ensemble, Philharmonic and Choirs. Taking place during the during the final week classes beginning April 25, these events showcase some of the School’s major ensembles, which feature a wealth of talent from the students and faculty at the Carnegie Mellon School of Music.

Starting up the series, The Carnegie Mellon Spring Jazz Event will take place at 8 p.m on Monday, April 25 at the Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland. The event will include performances by The Carnegie Mellon Jazz Orchestra (Eric DeFade, director), The West Virginia Wesleyan College Jazz Sextet (James Moore, director) and The Slippery Rock University Jazz Ensemble (Stephen Hawk, director). “I’m very excited about our lineup for this years’ spring jazz event,” says Eric DeFade, director of Carnegie Mellon Jazz Orchestra. “All three ensembles are led by musicians who are very active professionally and it promises to be a varied and dynamic evening of music.” Tickets are $5 (general admission), $4 for seniors and free for students with valid ID.

The Carnegie Mellon Guitar Ensemble (James Ferla, director) concert will take place at 8 p.m on Wednesday, April 27th at Alumni Concert Hall at the College of Fine Arts Building on the Carnegie Mellon University campus. The free concert will include Lotus Eaters by Andrew York (b. 1958), El Vito (traditional Spanish folksong), L’Evasion by Astor Piazzolla (1922-1992), Concerto in G Major RV532 by Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) and Saltarello and Ballo by Simone Molinaro (c.1570-1633).

The Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic and Choirs, the final major ensemble performance of the 2010-2011 season, will take place at 8 p.m on Thursday, April 28 at the Carnegie Music Hall. Led by Ronald Zollman, music director, the program will feature Métaboles by Dutilleux, Variations on a Theme by Haydn and Schicksalslied by Brahms and Daphnis et Chloé, 2nd suite by Ravel. 

Tickets are $5 (general admission), $4 for seniors and free for students with ID.