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April 18, 2001

ST. PAUL CHAMBER ORCHESTRA CLOSES 2000-01 BRIGHT STAR SEASON

LA CROSSE, Wis— Described by The Independent of London as "arguably the best" in the world, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra is making a return visit to La Crosse on Tuesday, May 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Viterbo University Fine Arts Center Main Theatre.

Under the leadership of Music Director Hugh Wolff, Creative Chair Bobby McFerrin, and Baroque Series Director Nicholas McGegan, this 33-member orchestra features both standard orchestral classics and lesser-known works in each of its concerts. The concert at Viterbo University includes Siegfried Idyll by Wagner, Piano Concerto No. 23 by Mozart, and Chamber Symphony by Shostakovich.

Internationally acclaimed for its artistic excellence, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra consistently presents performances of the highest caliber to audiences around the world. Broadcast on more than 100 radio stations nationwide, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra boasts 56 recordings with distinguished soloists like Pinchas Zukerman, Isaac Stern, and Midori.

Highlighting this season is critically acclaimed guest artist Lydia Artymiw. Philadelphia-born Artymiw is one of the most compelling talents among pianists of her generation. She has performed with more than 95 orchestras worldwide and with many of the leading conductors of our time. A recipient of top prizes in the 1976 Leventritt and the 1978 Leeds International Competitions, she studied with Freda Pastor Berkowitz of the Curtis Institute and with Cary Graffman for 12 years. Artymiw is currently professor of piano at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

The evening’s conductor, Nobuyoshi Yasuda, is a native of Takarazuka, Japan. He began musical studies on the violin at the age of three and now holds degrees from Soai University, Japan, and Indiana University. He has been an active violin soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and Japan. He was appointed the orchestra director at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 1991 and music director of the Chippewa Valley Symphony (CVS) in 1993, and most recently associate conductor of the Grand Teton Music Festival in 1999. His principal conducting mentor is Eiji Oue, music director of the Minnesota Orchestra. His enthusiasm for music has spread beyond traditional boundaries. He has worked with Eau Claire area fourth-grade students in a program that introduces them to orchestral instruments and music. And, under his direction, the CVS initiated a pre-concert conversation series, a free concert aimed at reaching new audiences, and a program in which orchestra members visit local elementary school classrooms to demonstrate their instruments. During his tenure, the CVS has tripled its audience and consistently plays to nearly sold-out houses at each performance.

The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra’s appearance is supported, in part, by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin.

Tickets are $24. To order, please contact the Viterbo Box Office at 796-3100.

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