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Monday, October 19, 2009

Allegheny Ensemble Performs to Benefit SU Music Collections November 2

SALISBURY, MD---The Allegheny Ensemble—cellist Jeffrey Schoyen, violinist Sachiho Murasugi and pianist Ernest Barretta—returns to Salisbury University, performing with guest singer John Wesley Wright, 7:30 p.m. Monday, November 2, in the Great Hall of Holloway Hall to support the SU Department of Music’s collections in Blackwell Library.

Selections include Brahms’ “Piano Trio” in C major and Bach’s “Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1.” Also on the program is "La Muerte del Angel" by Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla, known for his compositions that combine elements of jazz and tango with classical music. Wright joins the trio for a set of folk songs from the British Isles transcribed by Beethoven.

Named for the Allegheny River, which flows through Pittsburgh area where they originally played together, the Allegheny Ensemble’s three members reunited as a trio upon moving to the Eastern Shore.
Conductor of the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra and the Salisbury Youth Orchestra, Schoyen teaches cello and bass at SU.  He has given concerts throughout the United States, Germany, Mexico and Spain, and received a Frank Huntington Beebe Grant to study in London with William Pleeth. He is also a Tanglewood Gustav Golden Award recipient.

Murasugi has performed extensively as a professional orchestral and chamber musician. She has been concertmaster of the Sorg Opera Orchestra in Ohio and the Filarmonic del Bajio in Mexico. She also has been a member of the West Virginia Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic and Springfield Symphony. She received the National Endowment for the Arts Rural Residency Grant in chamber music and performed a recital at Museo del Prado in Madrid that was broadcast on Radio Nacional de Espana.

A successful soloist and chamber musician, Barretta has performed extensively throughout the U.S. and Canada. He is a member of the piano faculty at Julliard School of Music and he recently appeared at the Seoul Music Festival and Academy in South Korea. A collaborative artist, he has played with such internationally recognized musicians as baritone Christopher Robertson and trumpeter Terry Everson.

Wright is a tenor known for his artistic and soulful interpretations of music from baroque to Broadway. Faculty in SU’s Department of Music, Wright has toured throughout the United States, Europe and Japan and is a member of the acclaimed American Spiritual Ensemble.  

Admission is $15 per person. Advance tickets are available in person at the Blackwell Library Circulation Desk or via mail. Checks made payable to the SU Foundation, Inc. may be sent to Karen Wilson, Blackwell Library, Salisbury University, 1101 Camden Ave., Salisbury, MD 21801.

For more information call 410-543-6030 or visit the SU Web site at

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