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Week-long chamber series takes music into the community

June 04, 2013 12:00AM

On Monday, June 10, Pittsburg State University will launch a new series of eight chamber music concerts, set in a variety of locations and performed in the span of just six days. The 2013 Pittsburg Chamber Music Festival Series will feature some of the region’s top artists in six different venues across the city. All performances are free.

“We are excited to provide this opportunity for the Pittsburg community. It is an event that many other cities throughout the country have adopted as one of their signature summer activities,” said Raul Munguia, festival director and artistic director and conductor of the Southeast Kansas Symphony.

The festival begins at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, June 10, with “A Night of Early Music” in the lobby of historic McCray Hall on the PSU campus.

“This is a beautiful setting for small ensembles and voices,” Munguia said.

At 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11, the performance ‘Romantic and Beyond’ will take the audience on a journey through classics of the romantic era. The end of the performance will feature “In C,” a piece by contemporary American composer Terry Riley, which will be led by John Ross.

Two performances are scheduled for Wednesday, June 12. The first will be at 6 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Parish in Frontenac. The second will be at Pittsburg’s First United Methodist Church.

On Thusday, June 13, the series moves to the English Gothic setting of Timmons Chapel on the PSU campus for a 7 p.m. concert.

Munguia described the two concerts scheduled for Friday, June 14, as “explosive.” The first, at 5 p.m., will be held in Pittsburg’s historic St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. At 7:30 p.m., the series moves to the Sharon K. Dean Recital Hall in McCray Hall.

The series comes to a conclusion at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, in the Sharon K. Dean Recital Hall.

“This will be a splendid week of outmost excitement, emotion and musical exposure,” Munguia said.

Artists included: Reena Berger Natenberg, piano; Rebecca Cutler, violin; Stella Hastings, soprano; Lisa M. Gerstenkorn, mezzo; Patrick Howle, baritone; Jeeyeum Kim, soprano; Meiling Jin, piano; Joanne Britz, clarinet; John Ross, composer and pianist; Russell Jones, bassoon; Susan Marchant, organ and harpsichord, Raul A. Munguia, violin; Bob Kehle, trombone; Kathryn Park, soprano; Shu Zhang, piano; Junghee Lee, soprano; Pedro Oviedo, viola; Denissa Rivas, flute; Ernesto Estigarribia, viola; Gloria Britez Scolari, viola; Irene Diaz, cello; Alheli Aranda, piano and the Festival Orchestra.

©2013 Pittsburg State University

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