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UW Chamber Orchestra to Perform Feb. 5

January 29, 2009 — The University of Wyoming Chamber Orchestra will perform a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, in the Fine Arts Center concert hall.

The concert precedes a tour that will include stops in Wyoming and Montana and an invited performance at the Music Educators National Northwest Conference (MENC) in Spokane, Wash.

The MENC all-northwest convention brings together music teachers from the entire northwestern portion of the United States.

"Hundreds of ensembles apply to perform, and UW's invitation is yet another sign of the strength of the university's music department," says Michael Griffith, UW professor of music.

The program will include an early symphony by Mozart, Vaughan Williams' "Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis" and Vivaldi's "Double Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Strings." Griffith and Professor James Przygocki will share the conducting duties, with John Fadial and Beth Vanderborgh as soloists in the Vivaldi piece.

Fadial is in his first year as an associate professor of violin at UW. He comes from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where he was a violin professor for 10 years. He also served as concertmaster of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra (a position he maintains currently) and as concertmaster of the Greensboro Opera. He also has served as associate concertmaster of the Eastern Music Festival and the Colorado Music Festival.

Cellist Vanderborgh, who joined the UW faculty last summer, enjoys a rich and varied career as both a soloist and a chamber musician. Before coming to UW, she was principal cellist of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra and the Winston-Salem Symphony and co-principal of the Carolina Chamber Symphony. She is a founding member of the acclaimed Stanislas Sextet, based in Nancy, France, and tours regularly with Musica Harmonia.

Cellist Beth Vanderborgh and violinist John Fadial will perform at the Feb. 5 Chamber Orchestra concert.

Posted on Thursday, January 29, 2009

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