On Friday, January 19, acclaimed composer Christopher Theofanidis will discuss his recent works in a colloquium sponsored by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Violinist and Pitt faculty member Roger Zahab will perform Theo

On Friday, January 19, acclaimed composer Christopher Theofanidis will discuss his recent works in a colloquium sponsored by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Violinist and Pitt faculty member Roger Zahab will perform Theofanidis’ Flow My Tears (1997) as part of this special event. Christopher Theofanidis’ colloquium at Pitt takes place in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Symphony Chamber Orchestra’s performance later that evening at Bellefield Hall Auditorium. Conductor and violin soloist Andrés Cárdenes will lead the orchestra in Theofanidis’ Visions and Miracles along with Haydn’s Symphony No. 43, Mozart’s Adagio in E Major for Violin and Orchestra, and other works.

Christopher Theofanidis (b. 1967) has had performances by many leading orchestras from around the world, including the National Symphony, the London Symphony, the Oslo Philharmonic, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, the Moscow Soloists, the Atlanta and Houston Symphonies, the California Symphony (for which he was composer-in-residence from 1994 to 1996), the Oregon Symphony, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, and the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, among others. He is currently Composer of the Year for the Pittsburgh Symphony. Mr. Theofanidis holds degrees from Yale, the Eastman School of Music, and the University of Houston, and has been the recipient of the Masterprize, the Rome Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Barlow Prize, six ASCAP Gould Prizes, a Fulbright Fellowship to France, a Tanglewood Fellowhship, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Charles Ives Fellowship. Mr. Theofanidis’ recent projects include an opera for the Houston Grand Opera, a ballet for the American Ballet Theatre, and a work for the Atlanta Symphony and Chorus based on the poetry of Rumi. He has served as a delegate to the US-Japan Foundation’s Leadership Program and currently teaches at the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and the Juilliard School in New York City.

Schedule of Events For Christopher Theofanidis at Pitt. Friday, January 19, 2007

4–5:30 p.m. Colloquium, 132 Music Building, 4337 5th Avenue, Reception to Follow (Free)

7–7:30 p.m. Pre-concert talk with Christopher Theofanidis, Andrés Cárdenes, and Pitt musicologist Anna Nisnevich Bellefield Hall Auditorium, 315 S. Bellefield Avenue (across from Heinz Chapel)

8 p.m. Concert with the Pittsburgh Symphony Chamber Orchestra, Bellefield Hall Auditorium

Ticket Information: Pitt students, faculty, and staff visit Pitt Arts at 929 William Pitt Union. Others contact the PSO at 412-392-4819 or email psotix@pittsburghsymphony.org. (Colloquium is free to the public.)