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Ohio Northern Chamber Players to Perform in Mexico

Mar 11, 2008

Ohio Northern University's Chamber Players will travel to San Luis Potosi, Mexico, March 12-16, on the group's first international tour.

The tour is a collaboration between the Ohio Northern University Symphony Orchestra and the Julian Carillo Youth Symphony Orchestra.

"The concept of this is to provide an artistic exchange between United States and Mexican cultures," says Butler. He explains that Julio DeSantiago, conductor for the Julian Carillo Youth Symphony, served as guest conductor of the ONU Symphony in February. Now Butler will conduct the Julian Carillo Youth Symphony in San Luis Potosi. He is scheduled to conduct works by American classical composers, including George Chadwick, Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein.

In addition to this concert, ONU will present a concert of chamber music featuring ONU musicians while in San Luis Potosi. The program, titled "Chamber Fusion," represents music without borders. In an eclectic mix, the ONU Chamber Players will perform music by Faure, Mendelssohn, Copland, Led Zepplin, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.

The group features Anastasia Barkett, a second-year pharmacy student from Parma Heights, Ohio, on violin; Virginia Abernathy, a senior in music from Beavercreek, Ohio, on flute; Jacquelyn Ratcliffe, a senior music education student from Valley City, Ohio, on flute; Kyle Dougherty, a senior music business student from Berlin, N.J, on clarinet; Clayton Slusser, a senior music composition student from Coldwater, Ohio, on bassoon; Dr. Christine North, assistant professor of communication arts, on French horn; professor Rachel Pinkney, lecturer in music, on cello; Kristen McDowell, a senior in music education from Willard, Ohio, voice; and Christina Wenning, a junior in music performance from St. Marys, Ohio, on piano.

In addition, the ONU Chamber Players will perform a free public concert at 7:30 p.m. on April 6 at Holy Name Church, 154 E. Patterson St., Columbus, Ohio.


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