FSU Presents a Chamber Concert and the Pittsburgh Cello Quartet as Part of Summer Music Academy Concert Series

July 25, 2017 - July 26, 2017

As part of its Summer Music Academy Concert Series, Frostburg State University will present two musical ensembles, a chamber concert on Tuesday, July 25, and the Pittsburgh Cello Quartet on Wednesday, July 26. Both performances will take place at 7 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall of FSU's Woodward D. Pealer Performing Arts Center.

The chamber concert will feature world-renowned artists Marvin Moon on the viola, Charlie Powers on the cello and Dr. Shu-Ting Yao on the violin, as well as FSU's own Dr. Mark Gallagher on the clarinet and Joseph Yungen on the piano.Moon came to the Philadelphia Orchestra in 2007 from the Boston Symphony. As a soloist, he gave the world premiere of James Ra's "Concertino" with the Curtis Chamber Ensemble and played Bartok's "Viola Concerto" with the Temple University Symphony.Powers joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's cello section during the 2013-14 season. He has collaborated with such renowned artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Ricardo Morales and Peter Wiley.Yao is the principal second violin at the National String Symphonia.

Notable performances of recent seasons were the inauguration of Caroline Kennedy in the Japanese Embassy and then-U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's lecture in Washington, D.C.Gallagher has performed with the Washington Opera, U.S. Navy Band, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra and the New York City Ballet Orchestra, among others. He is an active chamber musician and co-founder of I Venti Semplice.

Gallagher is an associate professor of clarinet and music theory at FSU.Yungen has had tremendous success as a solo performer, collaborative artist, new music advocate and teacher. He is a C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow at Julliard. Yungen joined the music faculty at FSU this past fall.

The Pittsburgh Cello Quartet was founded by four cellists of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Its members have appeared around the world as soloists and chamber musicians, in addition to playing in the cello sections of some of the world's greatest orchestras. Through its performances and educational outreach appearances, PCQ is dedicated to exploring and promoting the expressive possibilities of the cello.
Bronwyn Banerdt, before joining PSO, served as a regular substitute with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra and Lyric Opera of Chicago. Michael DeBruyn was most recently principal cellist of the Louisville Orchestra. Before moving to Pittsburgh, Charlie Powers served as assistant principal cellist of "The President's Own" U.S. Marine Chamber Orchestra in Washington, D.C. Allie Thompson enjoyed a three-year fellowship with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Fla., before joining PSO.

The FSU Summer Music Academy was created with the mission to promote classical music education, and its goal is to develop individual musicianship for string, woodwind, brass and piano instrumentalists in a supportive environment. The academy brings top artists from around the world to the Western Maryland region to inspire local residents and develop interest in music programs in all types of educational systems.

Admission is $15 for adults; $10 for students, seniors, veterans and FSU faculty and staff; and free for children 12 and younger. Tickets are available at the door and are cash only.For more information, contact the director of the Summer Music Academy, Karen Liu, at [email protected]

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland.

For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu or facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity. Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.

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