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Messiah College's Cultural Series to present The Aspen Ensemble


The Aspen Ensemble
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GRANTHAM, Pa. (Jan. 25, 2005) — The Messiah College Cultural Series will present The Aspen Ensemble on Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. in Miller Auditorium, located in the Climenhaga Fine Arts Center on the college’s Grantham campus. Tickets cost $20 and can be purchased by calling the Messiah College ticket office at (717) 691-6036.

From the famed Aspen Music Festival come five highly acclaimed chamber musicians united in their love for chamber music and their desire to bring unique and exciting programs to audiences outside of their summer home. In the more than 50-year history of the Aspen Music Festival, The Aspen Ensemble is the first ensemble formed from resident artists of the festival to bear the Aspen name. The five members of the Aspen Ensemble have performed chamber music together in Aspen for many years, and they began touring nationally in 2001. Their instrumentation of violin, viola, cello, flute and piano provides a mix of trio, quartet and quintets rather than just quintet works – all within a wide variety of repertoire.

The members of this distinguished ensemble are Rita Sloan, piano; Nadine Asdin, flute; David Perry, violin; Victoria Chiang, viola and Michael Mermagen, cello. Their collective performance histories include the chamber music series of the Chicago and Saint Louis Symphony Orchestras, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Da Camera Society of Houston, New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, Pro Arte Quartet, Orpheus Chamber Ensemble, China National Symphony of Beijing and guest artists with the Cleveland, Emerson and Juilliard Quartets, among other notable credits.

The Cultural Series is a public five-part annual performance series sponsored by Messiah College. In addition to The Aspen Ensemble, the remaining performance is the Tim Warfield jazz sextet on March 18. Tickets for individual performances cost $20 each; call (717) 691-6036.

Messiah College, a private Christian college of the liberal and applied arts and sciences, enrolls more than 2,900 undergraduate students in 50 majors. Established in 1909, the primary campus is located in Grantham, Pa., near the state capital of Harrisburg. A satellite campus affiliated with Temple University is located in Philadelphia.

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