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Monday, October 12, 2015

Salisbury Symphony Orchestra at SU Opens 30th Season With 'Viva Viola' October 17

Rita PorfirisSALISBURY, MD---The Salisbury Symphony Orchestra at Salisbury University opens its 30th season with the concert “Viva Viola!” featuring violist Rita Porfiris on Saturday, October 17.

Directed by Dr. Jeffrey Schoyen, the orchestra performs at 7:30 p.m. in Holloway Hall Auditorium. Selections include Williams’ Suite for Viola and Chamber Orchestra, Grainger’s “Molly on the Shore” and “Shepherd’s Hey”; Herbert’s “Irish Rhapsody”; Purcell’s “Music from Abdelazer”; and Bruch’s “Romance for Viola and Orchestra,” op. 85.

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Bridging the gap between popular culture and classical music, Porfiris has performed with ensembles including the Orquesta Filarmonica de la Cuidade de Mexico and heard on National Public Radio, PBS and the BBC. She has presented master classes and performances throughout the United States, Europe, and South and Central Americas.

Porfiris is the associate professor of viola and director of chamber music at the University of Hartford’s (CT) Hartt School of Music, Dance and Theatre. She also is a member of the Miller-Porfiris Dio and the Hartt Quartet.

The concert is sponsored by McIntyre’s Electrical Services; Granger & Company, PA; Eastern Shore Coffee & Water; Merrill Lynch/Kilian Kangas Group; Staples & Associates Insurance & Financial; Coldwell Banker Residential Mortgage; Chesapeake Nurseries; and MNET Mortgage.

Admission is $25, $20 for seniors age 60 and up, $10 for SU faculty and staff, and $5 for all students. Advance tickets are available online at and at the Information Desk of the Guerrieri University Center.

For more information call 410-543-8366 or visit the SSO website.

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