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Friends of Music Concert Series

Edinboro University to present free Erie Philharmonic concert February 12

02/01/2013

Edinboro University’s Friends of Music organization will present the Erie Philharmonic Orchestra on Tuesday, February 12, at historic Louis C. Cole Auditorium—Memorial Hall.

Conducted by Daniel Meyer, the Erie Philharmonic Orchestra’s music director, the 7:30 p.m. concert will include the full orchestra performing three masterful works: Osvaldo Golijov’s “Last Round”; Dr. William P. Alexander’s “Ashes and Equinox”; and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 – “Emperor.”

The Piano Concerto will feature talented Edinboro University pianist and Associate Professor of Music Kristine West Denton. In addition to teaching piano, piano lab and accompanying at Edinboro, Dr. Denton was also on the faculty of the prestigious Allegheny Summer Music Festival at Allegheny College. A collaborative pianist, she has performed on live radio broadcasts from Kent and Cleveland, Ohio, and Erie’s WQLN. Dr. Denton has performed throughout the U.S. and in Germany, and was a recipient of a Collaborative Fulbright Grant. In addition, she has administered the long-running concert series by the Edinboro University Chamber Players at Erie County’s Blasco Library, and served on the Allocations Council for Arts Erie.

As in past Friends of Music Concert Series presentations featuring the Erie Philharmonic Orchestra, this event is free and open to the entire Edinboro community, as well as the general public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The concert’s benefactor, Dr. Alexander, Edinboro’s former Music Department chair, first established a relationship between the University and the Erie Philharmonic Orchestra some four decades ago. Although now retired from teaching, Dr. Alexander continues to compose music, including solo and chamber works for friends, both professional and amateur.

Among compositions written by Dr. Alexander are several additional works for orchestra, which were premiered during the University’s Friends of Music Concert Series by the Erie Philharmonic.
For establishing a permanent endowment for the Edinboro University Friends of Music Concert Series, and for his continued support of the Music Department, Alexander was honored several years ago when the University’s new, state-of-the-art music building was dedicated as the “Dr. William P. Alexander Music Center.”

As Music Director of the Erie Philharmonic and Asheville Symphony, Daniel Meyer is recognized as one of the top young conductors of his generation. Having completed successful tenures with the Pittsburgh Symphony as Resident Conductor and the Pittsburgh Youth symphony as Music Director, Meyer worked closely with Mariss Jansons, Sir Andrew Davis, Manfred Honeck and Charles Dutoit; led the Pittsburgh Symphony on tour; and conducted performances with Pinchas Zukerman, Sarah Chang and Marvin Hamlisch. With a talent for creative programming and a passion for connecting with audiences, Meyer is now in his fifth season with the Erie Philharmonic, helping to reinvigorate the orchestra and enlivening the region’s arts community.

Edinboro University’s Friends of Music organization was established in 2000 by a small group of faculty, alumni and friends of the University’s Music Department.  In just 13 years, the membership has grown into a large and energetic group that actively supports the University’s Music Department.