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Salzburg Chamber Soloists to perform at Bethel College

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – An internationally acclaimed group of young chamber musicians will give the second Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts concert of the 2006-07 school year.

The Salzburg Chamber Soloists will appear Monday, Nov. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall on the Bethel College campus. The musicians will also give a pre-concert talk for 15-20 minutes before the concert, beginning at 7 p.m.

In 1991, the violinist Lavard Skou-Larsen formed an unusual 16-member ensemble with the aim of performing orchestral chamber music while enjoying the freedom of soloists. Under his leadership, it took only a few years for the group to rise to one of the top chamber ensembles of its kind.

The Salzburg Chamber Soloists, a group of first-rate, young, international musicians, takes their inspiration from the Hungarian Sándor Végh (1912-97), one of the best-known chamber violinists of the 20th century, whose charisma had a strong influence on many members of the group.

In its first year of existence, the ensemble toured in the United States and Canada, with invitations following to numerous concert halls, joining such celebrities as Mischa Maisky, Michel Dalberto and Alexander Lonquich.

In 1993, the Salzburg Chamber Soloists embarked on their first major tour of South America. On their second tour, in 1995, they received the Critics’ Prize for “Best Foreign Orchestra” for their performance at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires. Since then, the group has performed in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam; the Philharmonie in Berlin; the Théatre des Champs-Elysées in Paris; the Tonhalle in Zurich; and other important concert halls.

The Salzburg Chamber Soloists are regular guests at various festivals including Academia Chigiana in Siena, Italy; the Turku Musikfestival of Finland; the Mozart Festival in Würzburg, Germany; the Schubertiade in Roskilde, Denmark; the Salzburger Kulturtage; and La Folle Journée Mozart in Nantes, France. In 2001, the orchestra was invited to Lebanon to perform the final concert of the Baalbeck Festival.

Recently, the ensemble toured Germany with actress Senta Berger, performing “The Eight Seasons” with music by Antonio Vivaldi and Astor Piazzolla.

Following the success of their U.S. tour in the fall of 2004, the Salzburg Chamber Soloists now return in 2006 to celebrate Mozart’s anniversary with a 20-city tour, including critically acclaimed appearances in major concert halls from coast to coast.

This presentation is supported by Mid-America Arts Alliance with generous underwriting by the National Endowment for the Arts, Kansas Arts Commission and foundations, corporations and individuals throughout Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas.

Tickets for the Salzburg Chamber Soloists range from $12 to $15 with discounts available for students and senior citizens. Call (620) 327-8158 or (316) 284-5205 Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. for reservations.

Other concerts in the 2006-07 HBPA season include: the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony, conducted by Daniel Hege with special guest Mark O’Connor (Feb. 11); the Doug Talley Quartet (March 4); and singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer (March 27). Call (620) 327-8158 for more information.

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