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MSU Chamber Orchestra and Dolan sculpture debut at concert set Oct. 29

October 21, 2010

A sculpture of Ludwig van Beethoven by local artist Jim Dolan will be unveiled at the debut concert of the Montana State University Chamber Orchestra on Oct. 29. The orchestra is a new ensemble made up of MSU top musicians. Dolan photo courtesy of the MSU Department of Music.   High-Res Available

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The Montana State University Chamber Orchestra, a new ensemble made up of the top musicians at MSU under the direction of Shuichi Komiyama, will present its debut concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, in Reynolds Recital Hall.

The concert will coincide with the unveiling of a new sculpture of Ludwig van Beethoven by local artist Jim Dolan that will be installed in front of Howard Hall, which houses the MSU Department of Music.

Komiyama, who is an MSU music professor, will direct the MSU chamber orchestra as it performs Beethoven's "Second Symphony." It will also perform Mozart's "Overture to the Magic Flute" while under the direction of assistant conductor, Breanne Cutler, a student from Bozeman.

A 1970 MSU graduate in agriculture, Dolan's work is prominent in the Gallatin Valley, including the elk at First Interstate Bank on College Street, a flock of geese at the Gallatin Field Airport and a statue of Walt Whitman installed in the Wilson Hall courtyard on the MSU campus.

"We thank Jim for his generous donation," Komiyama said. He added that Dolan hopes the piece will help inspire an increase of public art on the MSU campus and inspire donations by other artists.

The Chamber Orchestra concert is free and open to the public. However, the audience is encouraged to arrive early as seats are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Reynolds Recital Hall is inside Howard Hall, which is located across 11th Ave. from the MSU Duck Pond.

Shuichi Komiyama (406) 994-5770,