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Friday, November 10, 2006

Q&A with Ed Bradley:

Q: What single issue should be covered more at CBS News?
A: Foreign news.

Q: Have you ever been assigned a story you objected to? How did you deal with it?
A: When I first started in New York at WCBS radio, the assignment editor automatically assigned any story that had a minority in it to me. I objected to being typecast and told him if I didn't get a variety of stories -- as other reporters did -- then I would take it up with the news director.

Q: If you were not in news, what would you be doing?
A: If I had the talent, I'd play bass guitar and sing in a kicking band.

--Ed Bradley, reporter, "60 Minutes," died yesterday of leukemia at age 65 (2006)

USU Symphony Orchestra opens season with Beethoven's Fifth

CONCERTMASTER: Andrés Cárdenes

October 3, 2006 | Utah State University's Symphony Orchestra opens the concert year in a big way with an all-Beethoven concert and a special guest artist, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's concertmaster Andrés Cárdenes.

The opening concert is at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13 in the Kent Concert Hall of the Chase Fine Arts Center. A second event is Oct. 14, when Cárdenes is joined in recital by USU graduate and pianist Adam Nielsen. That event begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Manon Caine Russell Kathryn Caine Wanlass Performance Hall.

Tickets for both events are available at the door. Admission is $5 and USU students with current ID are admitted free.

The department of music is home to the USU Symphony Orchestra and its director Sergio Bernal.

The all-Beethoven concert features his immortal "Fifth Symphony" and his sublime "Violin Concerto," Bernal said.

"The orchestra and I are very excited about this concert because of the powerful music," Bernal said. "We are excited and pleased to perform with our special guest Andrés Cárdenes."

Cárdenes has garnered international acclaim from critics and audiences for his ferocious technique, balanced by a remarkable tonal subtlety, Bernal said. He captured the top American prize in the 1982 Tchaikovsky International Violin Competition in Moscow, and has since appeared with more than 80 orchestras worldwide.

Cárdenes has been an active teacher for more than 20 years, beginning with his appointment to the faculty of Indiana University in 1979. A former student and protégé of the legendary Josef Gingold, he has continued the legacy and discipline of the master pedagogue as professor of music at the universities of Michigan and Utah, and at Carnegie Mellon, where he holds the Dorothy Richard Starling and Alexander C. Speyer, Jr. Chair, the first fully endowed chair in the CMU Music School. Cárdenes has also given numerous master classes at Rice and Columbia universities, among others.

Joining Cárdenes in the second event (Oct. 14) is pianist Nielsen, a USU piano performance graduate who now studies at the Julliard School. During his time at USU, Nielsen was a National Presser Scholar and Rigby Scholar. He earned a bachelor's degree in music. He is pursuing a master's degree at Julliard, where he holds the Golden and Fizdale Memorial and Susan B. Rose scholarships. He studies with Jerome Lowenthal.

"We have a weekend of great orchestra and chamber music ahead of us," Bernal said.

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