Chamber orchestra concert will feature symphony violist

Chamber orchestra concert will feature symphony violist Fei Chen, principal violist with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and Dakota String Quartet, will solo with the South Dakota Symphony Chamber Orchestra, Saturday, Feb. 9, 8 p.m., in the Vermillion Performing Arts Center.

Chen received a master of performance degree from the University of Montreal in Canada and a bachelor of performance degree from the Beijing Conservatory in China. Since switching to viola from violin at the Beijing Conservatory in 1993, he has been a featured performer with several prestigious symphony orchestras in Canada, China and the United States. Chen can speak three languages � Mandarin, French and English. He will be performing Trauermusik by Hindemith. Also included on the concerts are works by Grieg, Vivaldi, Rabinovich, Haydn and Gillespie.

The South Dakota Symphony is blessed to have a very fine group of principal players performing with the orchestra. Among them are the members of the Dakota Wind Quintet and the Dakota String Quartet. Members of the Dakota Wind Quintet include Katherine Vogele, flute; Andr�a Banke, oboe; Christopher Hill, clarinet; Nathan Pawelek, horn; and Michael Kroth, bassoon. Representing four different nationalities, members of the Dakota String Quartet include Doosook Kim, violin; Magdalena Modzelewska, violin; Chen, viola; and Phoebe Dalton, cello.

Corporate sponsors for the concert include Community First National Bank, CorTrust Bank, First Dakota National Bank, First National Bank, and Wells Fargo Bank. General admission for the event is $8 the night of the concert.

Advance tickets are available for $6 at Nook 'n Cranny, Davis Pharmacy, Hy-Vee and Jones' Food Center in Vermillion and Mollet Music Company in Yankton. All proceeds will be used by the VHS Performing Arts Center and the VHS Music Department. For more information please call the VHS Music Department at 677-7035.

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