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UW Chamber Orchestra to Present ‘Brazilian Strings’ Oct. 23

October 21, 2022
Alessandro Borgomanero, Luciano Ferreira Pontes, James Przygocki and Sherry Sinift

The University of Wyoming Chamber Orchestra will present “Brazilian Strings” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, in the Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts concert hall.

Tickets for the concert are $14 for the public, $11 for senior citizens and $10 for students. To purchase tickets, visit the Performing Arts box office, call (307) 766-6666 or go online at UW faculty and staff members, and military personnel can purchase tickets at a discounted rate. To receive the discount, visit the Performing Arts box office between noon-6 p.m. Monday-Friday or call (307) 766-6666.

Sunday’s performance will be the final conducting duties for UW Department of Music Professor James Przygocki, who is retiring in December after many years of service to the UW music department, students and patrons.

The concert will feature guest artists and soloists Alessandro Borgomanero, violin, and Luciano Ferreira Pontes, viola, and UW Department of Music soloist faculty members Sherry Sinift, violin, and Przygocki, viola.

The chamber orchestra and soloists will perform Warlock’s “Capriol Suite”; Handel/Halvorsen’s “Passacaglia”; Bach’s “Concerto for Two Violins”; Telemann’s “Concerto for Two Violas”; and Grieg’s “Holberg Suite.”

Born in Rome, Borgomanero holds a Master of Arts from the University Mozarteum Salzburg. He has studied with Boris Belkin, Salvatore Accardo and Rodolfo Bonucci. As a soloist, he has performed with many orchestras -- the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra; London Mozart Players; Berlin Chamber Orchestra; Salzburg Chamber Soloists; Filarmonica del Nisseno; Budapest Festival Orchestra; Orchestra Armonica Temperanza di Roma; Sinfonietta Salzburg; Budapest Strings; Tblisi State Chamber Orchestra; Vaasa Symphony Orchestra; Guayaquil Symphony Orchestra; National Orchestra of Ecuador; Bachiana Philharmonic Orchestra; New York Sinfonietta; Georgian Sinfonietta; and most of the symphony and chamber orchestras of Brazil.

Pontes, a native of Goiânia, Brazil, began playing violin at the age of 15, eventually earning a Bachelor of Music, a Master of Music and a doctorate in cultural performances, all from Goiás University. He has received prizes in international music competitions playing the viola, including Audience Favorite at the Boulder Bach Festival’s World Bach Competition; second prize at the North International Music Competition (Sweden); second prize at King’s Peak International Music Competition; and second prize at the Golden Classical Music Awards International Competition in New York City, where he played in the winner’s concert at Carnegie Hall.

He teaches viola, chamber music and orchestral practice at Goiás University and directs the university’s Jean Douliez Chamber Orchestra.

An active performer as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player, Przygocki is chair of UW’s string area, where he teaches viola, violin, and music education and pedagogy. He serves as principal violist with the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra, teaches at the String Academy of Wyoming and served for several years as UW’s String Project director. In the summer, Przygocki serves on the faculties of the Indiana University Summer String Academy and the Rocky Ridge Music Center in Estes Park, Colo.

Sinift recently retired as the longtime administrative coordinator of UW’s String Project, where she also served as an adjunct faculty member. She performs with the Summit Chamber Players, directs the String Academy of Wyoming and teaches private violin lessons. In the summer, she serves on the faculty of the Indiana University Summer String Academy.

For more information, call Kathy Kirkaldie, UW Fine Arts coordinator, at (307) 766-2160 or email

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