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Guest Chamber Orchestra to perform in Terre Haute

August 31, 2017

On Saturday, Sept. 9, the Salomon Chamber Orchestra will give a performance hosted by the Terre Haute First Church of the Nazarene at 7:30 p.m.

The orchestra will be in town starting Sept. 7 for a residency with the students of the Indiana State University Symphony Orchestra and will give their own public concert featuring the music of Joseph Haydn on Saturday evening, conducted by Erik Rohde.

The highlight of the performance will be the feature of Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra principal cellist Austin Huntington, who will perform Haydn's Cello Concerto in C Major.

Huntington was appointed principal cellist of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in June 2015 at the age of 20, currently making him one of the youngest principal musicians of any major American orchestra. He is the grand-prize winner of the 2012 Irving M. Klein International String Competition, the 2011 Stulberg International String Competition, the 2012 MUSICAAS International String Competition, the 2013 Aspen Music Festival's Low String Strings Competition, and the 2009 MTNA National String Competition.

Since his first solo orchestra debut at age 10, he has gone on to perform as a guest soloist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Marin Symphony, Colburn Orchestra, Peninsula Symphony, Santa Cruz Symphony, San Jose Chamber Orchestra, and Chicago Northwest Symphony Orchestra, among others.

The performance will also feature a symphony by Joseph Haydn, nicknamed ‘The Clock' for its musical caricature of a clock, originally written to surprise and delight Haydn's first audience in London. The concert will also include a sparkling work by the American composer David Conte.

The Salomon Chamber Orchestra's residency with the ISU Symphony Orchestra was organized to provide a unique opportunity for those students to work side by side with professional musicians. "The opportunity to play right next to professionals is something that cannot be replicated in the classroom any other way. We can talk about what playing is like out in the ‘real world,' but it is when students sit next to professionals and hear and see for themselves just how these great musicians work that profound learning takes place," says Dr. Rohde, who serves as the Director of String Activities and Orchestra at Indiana State University. "It's an amazing opportunity and I can't wait for them to benefit from this residency, and am excited to also bring a performance out into the community on the 9th."

The residency of the Salomon Chamber Orchestra has been made possible through the support of the Indiana State University Center for Community Engagement and the College of Arts and Sciences.

Admission to the Salomon Chamber Orchestra performance on Sept. 9 is through suggested donation of $10.

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