Symphony Orchestra opens season with Beethoven's Fifth
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
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
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
"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
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.