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November 5, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CELLIST RALPH KIRSHBAUM OFFERS MASTER CLASS TO YOUNG MUSICIANS


Portland, Ore. … Musicians and music lovers of all ages will enjoy a rare opportunity to hear a phenomenal artist pass on some of his expertise to up-and-coming talent as international concert cellist Ralph Kirshbaum leads a public master class featuring three top young cellists from the Portland area on Saturday, November 17 from 2-4 p.m. at the Community Music Center, located at 3350 SE Francis Street, one block south of Powell Blvd. The class is presented by the Oregon Symphony, in collaboration with the CMC and Oregon Cello Society.

Suggested donation is $10 for adults and $5 for students/youth at the door; however, no one will be turned away, space permitting. Early arrival is recommended, as reservations are not available and seating is limited. Suggested for students age 6 and up. CMC is wheelchair accessible. Parking is on-street. For more information, call 503-823-3177 or visit www.CommunityMusicCenter.org

The participating cellists are: Adam Young, student of Hamilton Cheifetz (Portland State University cello professor); Eli Bixby, student of Dorien DeLeon; Boris Popadiuk, student of John Hubbard (conductor, Portland Youth Philharmonic’s Young String Ensemble); and Jennifer Shim (alternate), student of Hyun Jin Kim.

“Interacting with a world-renowned musician can be very inspiring to a young performer and can propel them artistically in new directions,” said Katherine Schultz, CMC instructor and Oregon Cello Society member. “It’s equally beneficial to the observer, who can come away with a new perspective to apply to their own teaching or playing.”
 
Kirshbaum is the featured soloist for the Oregon Symphony’s upcoming classical concert November 17-19 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. He will perform Haydn’s Cello Concerto in D major.

Founder and artistic director of the Manchester International Cello Festival, Kirshbaum has brought together distinguished cellists to celebrate the instrument, its music and musicians, and produced numerous commissions for cello from leading composers. The ninth and final festival took place in May 2007, focusing on music for cello from the British Isles. He was a top-prize winner of the First International Cassado Competition in Italy in 1969, and the only western cellist to win a prize at the Fourth International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1970. A native Texan, Kirshbaum attended Yale University where he studied with Aldo Parisot, and graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with highest departmental honors in music.

The Oregon Symphony produces more than 80 concerts a year and provides an award-winning program of educational and community engagement activities. At the start of its 112th season it is the oldest orchestra west of the Mississippi, and ranks 20th in budget size among the professional orchestras in the country.

The Community Music Center has been serving the greater Portland for over 50 years, teaching nearly 1,000 youth and adults per week through affordable classes and lessons.

The mission of the Oregon Cello Society is to further the musical education of cellists of all ages, amateur and professional alike.

 

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