Carnegie Mellon University
April 20, 2011

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon School of Music Culminates Season With Week of Lively Performances

Jazz and Guitar Ensembles, Philharmonic and Choirs To Perform, April 25-28

Contacts: Kathryn Heidemann, School of Music / 412-268-4921 /
Teresa Thomas, Media Relations / 412-268-2900 /

PITTSBURGH—The Carnegie Mellon University School of Music will bring its season to a close with a crescendo by showcasing its major ensembles and its talented students and faculty with several lively performances during the last week of classes, April 25-28.
The Carnegie Mellon Spring Jazz Event will take place at 8 p.m., Monday, April 25 at the Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland.  The event will include performances by The Carnegie Mellon Jazz Orchestra, the West Virginia Wesleyan College Jazz Sextet and the Slippery Rock University Jazz Ensemble.
“I'm very excited about our lineup for this year’s spring jazz event,” said Eric DeFade, director of Carnegie Mellon’s 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.” 
The Carnegie Mellon Guitar Ensemble, under director James Ferla, will present a free concert at 8 p.m., Wednesday, April 27 at Alumni Concert Hall in CMU’s College of Fine Arts Building. The performance 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 season, will be held at 8 p.m., Thursday, April 28 at the Carnegie Music Hall. Led by Music Director Ronald Zollman, the program will feature “Métaboles” by Dutilleux, “Variations on a Theme” by Haydn, “Schicksalslied” by Brahms and “Daphnis et Chloé,” 2nd suite by Ravel.
Tickets for the Spring Jazz Event and Philharmonic and Choirs concert are $5 (general admission), $4 for seniors and free for students with ID. 
Following the season-ending performances from the major ensembles, the School of Music will present a variety of guest recitals and student concerts in May and throughout the summer. For more information about all performances, please visit