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Cioffari Conducts Cowden for Chamber Orchestra Concert

October 25, 2001

[ Richard Cioffari Photo ]DELAWARE, OHIO -- The Ohio Wesleyan University Chamber Orchestra will present a concert on Sunday, Oct. 28, at 8 p.m. in Gray Chapel on the OWU campus. This program, which features Mozart's Piano Concerto in B-flat major, k. 595, Schubert's Overture in the Italian Style and Haydn's London Symphony, is free and open to the public.

Richard Cioffari, Professor Emeritus of Performance Studies at Bowling Green State University, is the Orchestra Conductor. 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.

Dr. Tracy Cowden is the piano soloist. Cowden is on the piano faculty at Ohio Wesleyan, and she maintains an active schedule as a collaborative pianist and teacher. She has performed in recitals with Paul Merkelo, principal trumpet of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra; Larry Knopp, principal trumpet of the Vancouver Symphony; and Ronald Barron, principal trombone of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. An enthusiastic chamber music performer, she has performed at the Fontana Festival of Art and Music and the Yellow Barn Music School and Festival, and was a finalist at the 1998 Carmel Chamber Music Competition as a member of the Knusper Trio. Cowden has received awards for her collaborative performances from the Lansing Matinee Musicale Society and from the Eastman School of Music, and was nominated for a teaching excellence award as a graduate teaching assistant at Eastman. A native of Michigan, she has also served as an adjunct faculty member at Kalamazoo College and Hope College in western Michigan. Her principal teachers have included Jean Barr, Douglas Humphreys, Fernando Laires and Phyllis Rappeport.

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