Thursday, January 20, 2011

U. of Chicago: Elena Urioste & U. of Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 'The Decade of The Great Patriotic War' Mar. 5, 8PM

[Elena Urioste (Credit: Matt Stuart)]

University of Chicago Department of Music Performance Program
Elena Urioste, one of the most sought-after young violinists in the country, will join the University of Chicago Symphony Orchestra on its program in partnership with The Soviet Arts Experience, 'The Decade of The Great Patriotic War,' for one night only on Saturday, March 5 at 8 p.m. in Mandel Hall. Urioste, who will perform Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, replaces Hahn-Bin, who canceled his performance due to tendonitis. Myaskowsky’s Symphony No. 22 in B minor, 'Symphonic Ballad' opens the program. The concert concludes a weeklong residency during which Urioste will engage with the campus and surrounding community in outreach endeavors.

Urioste made her Chicago debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in April 2010 with a performance of Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending, which earned her praise from John von Rhein, Chicago Tribute, ('The gifted young violinist, Elena Urioste, in her Chicago Symphony Orchestra debut, charmed the audience with her lyrical sensitivity.'), Andrew Patner, Chicago Sun-Times, ('If anyone has played solo pianissimos at Orchestra Hall with the hypnotic delicacy that Urioste offered, I must have been away. Let’s hear her again soon.'), and Lawrence A. Johnson, Chicago Classical Review, ('From the hushed rustle of her opening bars, the 23-year old violinist played with inward delicacy and expressive poise, her communicative performance aided by the sweet, penetrating sound of the $18 million “Vieuxtemps” Guarneri, on loan from the Stradivari Society for these concerts.')

Elena Urioste, featured on the cover of Symphony magazine as an emerging artist to watch, has been hailed by critics and audiences alike for her lush tone, the nuanced lyricism of her playing, and her commanding stage presence. Since first appearing with the Philadelphia Orchestra at age thirteen, she has made acclaimed debuts with major orchestras throughout the United States, including the Cleveland Orchestra, the Boston Pops, the Buffalo Philharmonic, and the Atlanta, Baltimore, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Richmond, San Antonio, and Sarasota symphony orchestras. In Europe, she has appeared with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Hungary’s Orchestra Dohnányi Budafok. Urioste is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Joseph Silverstein, Pamela Frank, and Ida Kavafian. She completed graduate studies with Joel Smirnoff at The Juilliard School.

“Admission to 'The Decade of The Great Patriotic War' will be collected at the door ($10 adults/$5 students and children under 12). The 100-member University Symphony Orchestra presents an ambitious season of six major concerts per year. The Department of Music’s thirteen performance program ensembles present over a hundred stimulating and varied concerts each year.

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