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Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra For Immediate Release: Jan. 28, 2012

BLOOMSBURG — The Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra will perform at Bloomsburg University on Friday, Feb. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall.

This event is presented as part of BU’s Celebrity Artist Series and general admission tickets are $34.50 for adults and $19.50 for children.

Founded in 1991, the PVCO is composed of musicians from the East Coast, primarily the Philadelphia area. Daniel Spalding, conductor and music director, said he strives to redefine modern audiences’ notions about classical music. In addition to traditional pieces, the orchestra’s repertoire includes a variety of uncommon works and new compositions.

The evening’s program, featuring a mixture of classical, romantic and modern pieces, includes Symphony No. 78 in C Minor by Joseph Haydn; Concerto for Seven Wind Instruments, Timpani, Percussion and Strings, by Frank Martin; Overture to La Scala di Seta (The Silken Ladder) by Gioacchino Rossini; and Pulcinella Suite for small orchestra by Igor Stravinsky.

This performance is supported in part by the Pennsylvania Performing Artists on Tour. PennPAT is a program of the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, which is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Upcoming events in the 2011–2012 season of the Celebrity Artist Series, all in Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall, are:

  • The National Broadway tour of the musical “The Color Purple,” Saturday, Feb. 18, at 8 p.m. Tickets: $34.50.
  • Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Saturday, March 31, at 8 p.m. Tickets: $34.50.
  • Jazz musicians Grace Kelly and Phil Woods, Friday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $34.50.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. BU serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.