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Mesa State at Vilar Center

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Special to the Daily Mesa State College Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Choir on plays Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at the Vilar Center for the Arts
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BEAVER CREEK – The students of Mesa State College, based in Grand Junction, will hit the Vilar Center stage for a combined show with the Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Choir on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.

“We love to present musicians at all stages of their careers,” the Vilar Center’s Kris Sabel said. “Mesa State was on their way through Vail from a booking on the front range, and we thought that it was a great opportunity for chamber-music lovers to get their fill. It’s not often that we have choral groups perform on our stage, but that’s really what this venue was built for.”The evening will begin with a performance of the Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of conductor Carlos Elias. Elias has been a leading chamber musician, representing his home country of San Salvador at the World Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Lorin Maazel. He is currently director of strings and orchestra at Mesa State College and concertmaster of the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra.

The evening continues with a performance by the Chamber Choir. The group performs choral literature of all styles and is under the guidance of Monte Atkinson, director of choral activities and music education. Choirs under Atkinson’s direction have performed with the Denver Chamber Orchestra, Mexico National Symphony and the Vancouver National Symphony.Soloist Aryn Day Sweeney will perform with both ensembles. Sweeney was a prizewinner in the 2005 Barbirolli International Oboe Competition. As a recipient of the Frank Huntington Beebe Foundation Fellowship, she studied at the Royal College of Music in London.

Tickets for the evening are $20 and available through the Vilar Center’s box office at 845-TIXS (8497) or http://www.vilarcenter.org.


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