BU orchestra ready for Spring Concert

For immediate release: March 26, 2010

BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Community Orchestra will perform its spring concert Sunday, March 28, at 2:30 p.m., in the Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall. The show is free and open to the public.

The concert will feature performances of Tchaikovsky’s “Pathetique” Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Opus 74, and Ney Rosauro’s Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra, featuring Gifford Howarth, percussion, and Mark Jelinek, conductor.

Howarth, assistant professor of percussion at BU, is also an instructor of percussion at Penn State and has presented clinics and workshops worldwide. He is involved in competitive marching activities and serves as a national adjudicator for marching band and indoor percussion competitions. Howarth received a bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College, master’s from Kent State University and doctoral degree from Michigan State University.

Jelinek, professor of music at BU, observes his 24th year as conductor of the Bloomsburg University Community Orchestra and 17th year as conductor of the Bloomsburg University Chamber Orchestra. He has performed in orchestras in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California and Pennsylvania with notable entertainers including Ferrante and Teicher, Steve Allen, Doc Severinsen, Chet Atkins, Floyd Cramer, Lou Rawls, Smokey Robinson and the Three Irish Tenors.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 9,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.