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MSU Chamber Orchestra concerto for two pianos April 9 at Ellen benefits Japanese quake victims

April 4, 2011


MSU music professor Julie Gosswiller, left, and Asuza Komiyama, will perform Francis Poulenc's "Concerto for Two Pianos" with the MSU Chamber Orchestra in a benefit concert set Saturday, April 9, at the Ellen Theatre.   High-Res Available

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The Montana State University Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Shuichi Komiyama, will perform Francis Poulenc's "Concerto for Two Pianos" with guest artists/pianists Julie Gosswiller and Azusa Komiyama at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 9, at the Ellen Theatre.

The concert is the second of three concerts that will benefit relief efforts for victims of the recent Japanese earthquake.

Poulenc was part of "Les Six," a group of well-known French composers in the early 20th century. His "Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra in D minor" reflects 19th century romanticism, but is also infused with the energy of the new 20th century American jazz idiom, according to Shuichi Komiyama, MSU professor of music.

"This rarely performed concerto is an absolute 'must see' concert that will be performed by two of our top- notch Bozeman musicians," Komiyama said.

Joseph Haydn's "Symphony No. 104," also known as the London Symphony, will also be performed with conductor Stephanie Jones, as will W.A. Mozart's "Ave Verum Corpus," conducted by Carson Yahvah.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for MSU students with an ID and students under the age of 17. For more information, or to purchase tickets, go to www.theellentheatre.com or call The Ellen Theatre at (406) 585-5885.

The third and final concert that will benefit Japanese quake relief will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at Pilgrim Congregational Church. All donations raised through the series of concerts will be donated to the American Red Cross for the quake relief efforts, Komiyama said.

Shuichi Komiyama (406) 994-5770, shuichi.komiyama@montana.edu