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Allegheny Ensemble Performs 'Dancing Madness' Concert

Allegheny Ensemble Performs 'Dancing Madness' Concert

SALISBURY, MD---The Allegheny Ensemble presents its annual Salisbury University spring concert “Dancing Madness” with guest violinist Amos Lawrence 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 28, in the Great Hall of Holloway Hall.

The program features music infused with dances including La Folia - Italian for “madness” - referring to the original dance that got faster and wilder along with the music that accompanied it. 

Pianist Julie Nishimura and violist Yuri Tomenko also join Lawrence and the ensemble to perform Dvorak’s “Piano Quintet, op. 81.” An SU student showcase with alto Aurie Crehan, cellist Bejamin Rodman and pianist Gabriella Cox opens the program.

Comprised of cellist Jeffrey Schoyen and violinist Sachiho Murasugi, the ensemble is named for the Allegheny River, which flows through the Pittsburgh area where the musicians formerly played together.

Conductor and music director of the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra (SSO) and the Salisbury Youth Orchestra, Schoyen teaches cello and bass at SU. He has given concerts throughout the United States, Germany, Mexico, Spain and Ecuador, and received a Frank Huntington Beebe Grant to study in London with William Pleeth. He is also a Tanglewood Gustav Golden Award recipient. Schoyen honed his cello skills at the New England Conservatory of Music and Carnegie Mellon University, before earning his D.M.A. at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Murasugi has performed extensively as a professional orchestral and chamber musician. She has been concertmaster of the Filarmonica del Bajio in Mexico, and 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 has performed in such venues as the Kennedy Center, Museo del Prado, and the Music Center at Strathmore. She is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music and holds a D.M.A. from Ohio State University. Currently she is currently concertmaster for the SSO.

Admission is free, but tickets are required. Tickets are available through SU’s online box office.

For more information call 410-543-6228.

Those planning to park on campus must register in advance for a free parking pass.

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