WCU Symphony Orchestra Kicks-Off Inaugural Orchestra Festival with Guest Artist Elena Urioste

 Elena UriosteOn Saturday, February 29, West Chester University’s Wells School of Music will host high school strings students from around the region for the inaugural Orchestra Festival. Students from the West Chester University Symphony Orchestra (WCUSO), faculty, and guest artist and violinist, Elena Urioste, lead the full-day event that includes rehearsals, master classes, and a culminating concert performance. Visit www.wcupa.edu/music/orchestraFestival.aspx for additional information.

Joseph Caminiti, Director of Orchestral Studies at West Chester U. and the conductor of the WCUSO, says, “We are very excited to kick-off what we hope will become an annual tradition and a sought-after event for high school strings students. To have Ms. Urioste with us is an incredible honor. It's an amazing opportunity for both our WCUSO students and our high school students to hone their skills alongside a world-class artist."

A graduate of both the Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School, guest artist Elena Urioste is a musician, yogi, writer and entrepreneur. As a violinist, Ms. Urioste has given acclaimed performances as soloist with major orchestras throughout the United States and around the world. She has been featured on the covers of Strings and Symphony magazines and has released four studio recordings.

Clinics include a high school master class with WCU faculty and two clinics with Ms. Urioste, one titled Launching a Career in Music.

A FREE concert begins at 7:30 p.m. The high school students, the WCUSO, and Ms. Urioste take turns performing in different combinations. The program includes Rimsky-Korsakov, Capriccio Espagnol (selected movements); Beethoven, Romance Op. 50 and Op. 40; Ralph Vaughan Williams, Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis. 

All events take place in the Swope Music Building and Performing Arts Center, 817 S. High Street, West Chester.

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