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March 24, 2005



Local music lovers are invited to celebrate the inaugural concert of the Great Hall Chamber Orchestra on Saturday, April 2, at 8 p.m., at Thomas Great Hall. A lecture by Michael Johns, "How to Be an Active Listener," will precede the concert at 7 p.m. in Thomas 110. Tickets are $15 for the general public, $5 for students. For reservations call 610-526-5058 or e-mail

Michael Krausz
Michael Krausz

Internationally acclaimed harpsichordist Lionel Party will be the guest soloist, performing Bach's Harpsichord Concerto No. 1. The program also includes Mozart's Haffner Symphony and Mendelssohn's Italian Symphony. The Great Hall Chamber Orchestra's artistic director and conductor, Michael Krausz, says, "We're most excited about the establishment of this musical offering for the region, and we're looking forward to performing these well-loved works in our inaugural concert."

Krausz, the Milton C. Nahm Professor of Philosophy at Bryn Mawr, teaches aesthetics at the Curtis Institute of Music. He previously established the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra and has been a guest conductor of professional orchestras in Bulgaria and the Conservatory Symphony Orchestra in Bryn Mawr.

Party is a member of the New York Philharmonic. A soloist with leading orchestras around the world, including the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Waverly Consort and the Handel and Haydn Society, he is on the faculties of the Juilliard School of Music, the Mannes College of Music and the Curtis Institute of Music.

Lecturer and French horn player Michael Johns has toured with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. He is currently on the faculties of Temple University and Swarthmore College.


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