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World-renowned Musicians Join the Chesapeake Orchestra for Concert of Melodies June 25th

Weekly Concerts Continue through July 30
June 10, 2010
Press Release #10-121


"If you like melodies, you are going to like concert number 2," says Jeffrey Silberschlag, music director of the River Concert Series and the Chesapeake Orchestra, of the Friday, June 25th, performance on the banks of the St. Mary's River at St. Mary's College of Maryland (SMCM). The Chesapeake Orchestra performs the music of Stravinsky, Strauss, and Mozart, and will be, says Silberschlag, "rich in variety and melody." The weekly celebrations on the college's Townhouse Green continue every Friday through July 30 with world-class music and a variety of food from local vendors.  Gates open at 5 p.m. and concerts start at 7 p.m. These outdoor concerts are free and open to the public, and picnic baskets are welcome. For more information, visit the River Concert Series web site at or call 240-895-3038.

The concert features three world-renowned soloists: flutist Giuseppe Nova, harpist Floraleda Sacchi, and SMCM's own guitarist Orlando Roman. Described as one of the most outstanding Italian flutists of his generation, Nova made his debut in 1982 as a soloist with Turin's RAI Symphony Orchestra, which has led him to performing in the most prestigious concert halls in Europe, the United States, Japan, and China. He now teaches at the Aosta Music Foundation and is co-director at the SMCM Alba campus.

Sacchi, one of the most original harpists on the international concert panorama, has done several recordings including eight world premiere recordings for solo harp. Her first world recordings were of works by Philip Glass, Giacomo Manzoni, and Michael Nyman.

Guitar virtuoso Orlando Roman began his love affair with the instrument at the age of 5. He has achieved high standings in numerous national and international competitions, and in 2002 was awarded a Fulbright grant to Madrid, Spain.

Silberschlag, also music director and conductor of the Italy&USA Alba Music Festival, has recorded with the London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Warsaw Philharmonic, and Czech Radio Orchestra. His performances have been hailed by European critics as thrilling, compelling, and outstanding.  Silberschlag has collaborated with such artists as Hilary Hahn, Lara St. John, Terence Blanchard, the Ahn Trio, and Jane Monheit.

The River Concert Series has become the cornerstone of growing arts activities at the college and throughout St. Mary's County.