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Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra comes to town

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra comes to Bloomington with a rare performance in the Musical Arts Center on Sunday, Oct. 30, at 3:00 p.m. The concert, featuring world-renowned pianist and School of Music professor Arnaldo Cohen, will be conducted by the ISO's Music Director Mario Venzago.

The varied program includes J.S. Bach's Concerto No. 5 in F Minor for Cembalo and Strings (Arnaldo Cohen, piano), Richard Strauss' Burleske in D Minor for Piano and Orchestra (Arnaldo Cohen, piano), Alban Berg's Three Pieces for Orchestra, J.S. Bach/Stokowski's Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimm, and George Gershwin's An American in Paris.

Presented by the School of Music, the concert is free of charge to the public. Tickets can be secured in advance at the MAC Box Office, 812-855-7433.

The ISO and IU enjoy a close relationship with 25 School of Music alumni musicians currently in the orchestra's membership.

Brazilian-born pianist Cohen, once called one of the world's best-kept secrets, joined the IU faculty in 2004. He has performed as soloist with orchestras including the Philadelphia, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Royal Philharmonic, and the Santa Cecilia Orchestra of Rome, under the baton of leading conductors such as Kurt Masur, Yehudi Menuhin, and Wolfgang Sawallisch. He has also played numerous recitals all over the world. He has performed as a member of the Amadeus Piano Trio as well as with the Lindsay Quartet, Chilingirian Quartet, Orlando Quartet, and Vanbrugh Quartet. His recordings, for several labels, include works by Liszt, Brahms, Schumann, and Brazilian composers. Professor Cohen is a Fellow of the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, and taught at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Swiss-born Mario Venzago is in his fourth season as music director of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. He is also the principal conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra in Sweden. Maestro Venzago has previously held posts as music director of the Basel Symphony Orchestra (1997-2003), of the Basque Euskadi National Orchestra in Spain (1998-2001), the Graz Opera House (1990-1995), the Deutsche Kammer-philharmonie in Frankfurt/Bremen (1989-1992), and the Heidelberg Opera (1986-1989).