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Guest Chamber Orchestra to feature violinist Zach DePue

August 30, 2018

A partnership between the ISU School of Music and Terre Haute First Church of the Nazarene will bring the Salomon Chamber Orchestra to Terre Haute for a second annual concert at First Church of the Nazarene at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 8.

Comprised of professional musicians from a wide area of the Midwest, the featured soloist this year is violinist Zach DePue, former concertmaster of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and founding member of the popular crossover group Time for Three. DePue will perform Mozart's glittering Violin Concerto in A Major, a youthful work full of fireworks and drama for both the orchestra and soloist.

In addition to the concerto, the orchestra will perform Joseph Haydn's Symphony No. 102 and a new work, the Concerto Grosso by Hawaiian composer Michael-Thomas Foumai.

Foumai is a former winner of ISU's annual Contemporary Music Festival Orchestra Composition Contest, where his work Lady Dark was featured in a performance by the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra in 2014. Foumai's works have been played across the United States and his Concerto Grosso is a high-energy, adrenaline-filled piece for just 14 musicians.

In addition to their performance on Sept. 8, the orchestra will be in residence at the ISU School of Music in the days prior to the concert, working with musicians in the ISU Symphony Orchestra and in the music education department at the School of Music. Erik Rohde, who will direct Saturday's concert, is also the director of string activities and orchestra at Indiana State.

"The chance for our students to rub shoulders with and learn from successful, working professionals is always a great opportunity," Rohde said. "The experience they gain from working with the members of the Salomon Chamber Orchestra will affect how they play and work together for the rest of the year. We are so excited to have them back in town for a second year."

Members of the community can attend Saturday's concert for a $10 suggested donation at the door.

For more information, contact at erik.rohde@indstate.edu.

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A partnership between the ISU School of Music and Terre Haute First Church of the Nazarene will bring the Salomon Chamber Orchestra to Terre Haute for a second annual concert at First Church of the Nazarene at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 8.

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