July 8, 2010
Press Release #10-128
Next stop on the St. Mary's College of Maryland River Concert Series: Vienna! The July 23 concert features concertmaster José Cueto as violin soloist joining music director Jeffrey Silberschlag and the Chesapeake Orchestra in a performance of Lalo's "Symphonie espanole." Then, to celebrate Gustav Mahler's 150th birthday anniversary, the orchestra performs his Symphony No.7. 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 www.riverconcertseries.com or call 240-895-3038.
Mahler's symphony is a "giant piece" and "shows off all the orchestrations in its virtuosity," said Silberschlag, including "fiery trumpets and blazing horns." 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.
Born in Puerto Rico, José Cueto is concertmaster of the Chesapeake Orchestra, the Baltimore Opera Orchestra, and the Concert Artists of Baltimore. He serves as artist-in-residence and head of the strings department at St. Mary's College. Cueto's recordings include music of Portuguese composers sponsored by the government of Portugal.
The River Concert Series has become the cornerstone of growing arts activities at the college and throughout St. Mary's County. St. Mary's College of Maryland, designated the Maryland state honors college in 1992, is ranked one of the best public liberal arts schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger's, and The Princeton Review. Founded in 1840 as Maryland's "monument school" commemorating the state's first capital, SMCM is the state's only public honors college.
More than 2,000 students attend the college, which has the highest four-year graduation rate for all Maryland public colleges and universities. The school's waterfront campus along the St. Mary's River in Southern Maryland is home to the 2010 National Intercollegiate Sailing Association Team champions.