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Violinist Elena Urioste Makes Chicago’s Top 10 List, Performs Shostakovich with University of Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Praised by critics, young violinist makes Mandel Hall debut, engages campus and community.

Chicago, IL, February 13, 2011 --( Elena Urioste, one of the most sought-after young violinists in the country, will join the University of Chicago Symphony Orchestra on its upcoming program in partnership with The Soviet Arts Experience, “The Decade of The Great Patriotic War,” for one night only: Saturday, March 5 at 8 p.m. in Mandel Hall. Urioste, who will perform Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, replaces Hahn-Bin, who canceled his performance due to tendonitis. Myaskovsky’s Symphony No. 22 in B minor, “Symphonic Ballad”, opens the program. This concert concludes a weeklong residency during which Urioste will engage with the campus and surrounding community in outreach endeavors.

Urioste made her Chicago debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in April 2010 with a performance of Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending, which earned her praise from John von Rhein, Chicago Tribute, (“The gifted young violinist, Elena Urioste, in her Chicago Symphony Orchestra debut, charmed the audience with her lyrical sensitivity.”), Andrew Patner, Chicago Sun-Times, (“If anyone has played solo pianissimos at Orchestra Hall with the hypnotic delicacy that Urioste offered, I must have been away. Let’s hear her again soon.”), and Lawrence A. Johnson, Chicago Classical Review, (“From the hushed rustle of her opening bars, the 23-year old violinist played with inward delicacy and expressive poise, her communicative performance aided by the sweet, penetrating sound of the $18 million “Vieuxtemps” Guarneri, on loan from the Stradivari Society for these concerts.”).

Elena Urioste, featured on the cover of Symphony magazine as an emerging artist to watch, has been hailed by critics and audiences alike for her lush tone, the nuanced lyricism of her playing, and her commanding stage presence. Since first appearing with the Philadelphia Orchestra at age thirteen, she has made acclaimed debuts with major orchestras throughout the United States, including the Cleveland Orchestra, the Boston Pops, the Buffalo Philharmonic, and the Atlanta, Baltimore, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Richmond, San Antonio, and Sarasota symphony orchestras. In Europe, she has appeared with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Hungary’s Orchestra Dohnányi Budafok. Urioste is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Joseph Silverstein, Pamela Frank, and Ida Kavafian. She completed graduate studies with Joel Smirnoff at The Juilliard School.

Admission to “The Decade of The Great Patriotic War” will be collected at the door ($10 adults/$5 students and children under 12). For more information, call 773.702.8069 or visit Mandel Hall is located at 1131 E. 57th Street in Hyde Park, Chicago.

Elena Urioste’s appearance with the University Symphony Orchestra is sponsored in part by the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture at the University of Chicago.

The 100-member University Symphony Orchestra presents an ambitious season of six major concerts per year. The Department of Music’s thirteen performance program ensembles present over a hundred stimulating and varied concerts each year.

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