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Festival Brings Beautiful Music to USD

Friday, July 11, 2008

Tori Lund graduated from the University of San Diego in May, but she returned to campus this week to participate in the third annual USD Chamber Music Festival and is glad she did.

“This is my first time doing this and it’s been really nice so far,” said the soprano singer after her performance during a free noontime performance Wednesday in the Hahn University Center foyer. “I’ve learned a lot. It’s been a great experience.”

Lund is one of nearly 60 performers attending the festival, led by Angela Yeung, Ph.D., director of USD’s Music Program, USD’s Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Music Ensembles.

The festival features musicians ranging in ages from 11 to “over 66,” Yeung said. Ninety percent of the festival’s participants are from California and 70 percent of that total are San Diego musicians “who tell me they’re really excited to have something like this in their own city,” Yeung said.

Attendance has grown each year and Yeung is spreading the word about the festival, which takes place the week after July 4 each year. She hopes to attract international participants to USD.

“Running this festival is one of my passions,” said Yeung, who ran an international summer chamber music workshop in Orviero, Italy, for many years before starting the USD festival. “I think USD would be a perfect location to have an international festival in the summertime.”

While pianists and violinists are featured in most of the performances, there are also performances on flute, cello, bass, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and piccolo.

The festival allows musicians to practice and perform various works and closely work with coaches from the San Diego Symphony and USD Music Program faculty. The USD coaches are Alyze Dreiling (violin), Kay Etheridge (piano), Tatiana Roitman (piano), Linda Scott (piano), Edmund Stein (violin), John M. Wilds (trumpet) and Yeung (cello).

There are some group members who have played together before who are expanding their range with new music. Four middle school participants, Marisa Nienberg (violin), Hiun-Jin-Cha (cello), Riess Haslam (violin) and Cyrus Huxford ( bass), performed a piece they’d learned in one day of practice for Tuesday’s concert.

All participants perform in front of a public audience during the week. Concerts have taken place each day this week in the UC foyer.

The festival’s concert finale takes place at 2 p.m., Saturday, July 12, in Shiley Theatre at Camino Hall. Tickets are only available at the door: $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors.

For more information about the Chamber Music Festival, go to the Festival Website.

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