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Great Hall Chamber Orchestra to perform April 5
Concert to be preceded by lecture on active listening

Philadelphia Orchestra Associate Concertmaster José Blumenschein will join the Curtis Symphony Orchestra's former principal cellist,  Nicholas Canellakis, as the soloists with the Great Hall Chamber Orchestra at its spring concert on Saturday, April 5, at 8 p.m. The program will include works by Mozart, Brahms and Beethoven.

The Great Hall Chamber Orchestra at Bryn Mawr is composed of 41 of the area’s finest young professional and conservatory musicians, performing under the direction of founding artistic director and conductor Michael Krausz.

The concert will take place in Thomas Great Hall on the Bryn Mawr College campus.

Lecturer Michael Johns will present a pre-concert lecture entitled "How to Be an Active Listener" at 7 p.m. in Thomas Hall, Room 110. 

The program will include Mozart's bracing overture to "La Clemenza di Tito" and Beethoven's towering Symphony no. 5.  José Blumenschein and Nicholas Canellakis will be the guest soloists in Brahms' beloved double concerto for violin, cello, and orchestra.

José Blumenschein is the Associate Concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Born in 1985, Blumenschein received his first violin lesson at the age of four in Freiburg, Germany. At the Curtis Institute of Music, he studied with violinist and  conductor Joseph Silverstein. Blumenschein is the winner of numerous international violin competitions. He has appeared as soloist in Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, and the United States, including performances with the Brazilian Symphony in Rio de Janeiro, the Symphony Orchestra of the Claudio Santoro National Theater in Brazil, and the Baden-Baden Philharmonic in Germany. Blumenschein is a founding member of the Vertigo String Quartet, which was awarded first prize at the International Competition of the Duchi d'Acquaviva in Italy in 2006.

Nicholas Canellakis studied at the Curtis Institute of Music with Orlando Cole and Peter Wiley. While at Curtis, he served as principal cellist of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra. Canellakis has performed at the Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Jordan Hall in Boston, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Sarasota Chamber Music Festival, the Aspen Music Festival and the Verbier Academy in Switzerland. In New York, Canellakis is a regular performer as both soloist and chamber musician at Bargemusic. In 2004 he was principal of the New York String Orchestra Seminar in Carnegie Hall. Canellakis is a founding member of the Vertigo String Quartet. He is currently completing his master of music degree at the New England Conservatory, where he works with Paul Katz.

Michael Krausz studied violin with Cleveland Orchestra concertmaster and pedagogue Josef Gingold. He received his early conducting coaching from his late father, Laszlo Krausz, noted violist with l'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and the Cleveland Orchestra. Krausz was also coached by Frederik Prausnitz at the Peabody Conservatory, and by Luis Biava, Resident Conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra. In 1984 he founded and served as Associate Artistic Director of the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra, composed of members of the Philadelphia Orchestra. He has been guest conductor of professional orchestras in Bulgaria, including the Pleven, Vratsa and Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestras.  Krausz is the Milton C. Nahm Professor of Philosophy at Bryn Mawr College. He also teaches aesthetics at the Curtis Institute of Music.

Michael Johns, lecturer and French hornist, holds a doctorate in musical arts from Temple University. He has recorded and toured nationally and internationally with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Johns is currently on the faculties of Temple University and Swarthmore College.

Tickets are $15 general admission, and free for students. Early seating is recommended. For reservations call 610-526-5332 or e-mail For directions see:


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Posted 3/27/2008 by Claudia Ginanni