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OWU Chamber Orchestra Makes Debut Concert Appearance

April 16, 2001

DELAWARE, OHIO -- The Ohio Wesleyan University Chamber Orchestra will present its debut concert on Sunday, April 22, 2001, at 8 p.m. in Gray Chapel. This concert is free and open to the public.

Mr. Richard Cioffari, Professor Emeritus of Performance Studies at Bowling Green State University, is the Orchestra Director. During Cioffari's 30-year tenure at Bowling Green, he taught double bass, conducted the University Chamber Orchestra and Opera activities, and was a classroom teacher in music theory, composition, orchestration, and history. He holds degrees in Music Education and Performance from the University of Michigan. Prior to his academic career, he was principal double bassist of the North Carolina Symphony and assistant conductor for the Oberlin Summer Music Theater. He is currently the conductor of the Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra of Columbus, and principal keyboardist with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. Cioffari is a published composer and arranger and his works are frequently performed by artists and ensembles in the United States and abroad. He is listed in the International Who's Who In Music, and is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.

This program will feature Mozart's Don Giovanni Overture, Handel's Piangero Aria with OWU student Abby Nims as soprano soloist, Mozart's Flute Concerto in G major with OWU student Brian Arnold as soloist, and Bizet's Symphony in C major.

The Ohio Wesleyan University Chamber Orchestra, with 36 total members, is made up of students, faculty, community members, and professional musicians. The Orchestra has been designed to augment both University and Community interests and programs. Following this initial concert, the Chamber Orchestra will perform two concerts each academic year -- one during each semester.

For additional information, call 740-368-3700 or e-mail musicd@owu.edu.