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Date: January 30, 2007
Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970; Steve Simon, 301-251-7952

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Musicians to Perform at Montgomery College
Free Concerts to Feature Chamber Music, Feb. 13 and April 24

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Montgomery College’s Arts Institute will host two free chamber music concerts with the talented musicians from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Cellist Dariusz Skoraczewski and pianist Michael Adcock will perform on Tuesday, February 13. A trio featuring Edward Palanker on clarinet, Ilya Finkelshteyn on cello, and Mary Woehr on piano will perform on Tuesday, April 24. Both concerts will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the College’s Music Recital Hall, located on the Rockville Campus, 51 Mannakee Street in Rockville, Md.

The February 13 concert will feature Beethoven’s Variations for cello and piano on Mozart's "The Magic Flute” (Op. 66); Leos Janacek’s “Pohádka (Fairy Tale)” for cello and piano; and Chopin’s Sonata for cello and piano in G minor (Op. 65).

Cellist Dariusz Skoraczewski, a member of the BSO, has delighted audiences at many concert halls in America and Europe. As a soloist, he performs with numerous orchestras in the U.S., including the Santa Barbara Symphony. Skoraczewski will be joined by award-winning pianist Michael Adcock. Adcock made his Carnegie Recital Hall debut in December of 1998. A student of Leon Fleisher, he earned a doctorate and master’s degree and an artist’s diploma at Peabody Conservatory. He has played with the Baltimore and Richmond Symphony Orchestras at concerts and his performances have been featured frequently on classical radio.

On April 24, the trio of Edward Palanker, Ilya Finkelshteyn, and Mary Woehr will perform Beethoven’s Trio No. 4 in B flat major (Op. 11) and Brahms’ Trio No. 5 for clarinet, cello and piano (Op. 14).

Edward Palanker is presently clarinetist and bass clarinetist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. He is also on the faculty of The Peabody Conservatory of Music where he performs regularly on the prestigious chamber music series. He also performs regularly on the Music by Candlelight Series, the BSO Chamber Music series, and is the principal clarinetist with the Choral Arts Society of Baltimore.

Praised by the Washington Post as a “complete master of his instrument,” cellist Ilya Finkelshteyn has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan. In 2002 he became principal cello of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Yuri Temirkanov. Prior to that, Finkelshteyn was a member of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra for five seasons under the late Hans Vonk. Finkelshteyn has also appeared as a soloist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Saint Paul Civic Orchestra, the Peninsula Music Festival Orchestra, and the National Repertory Orchestra.

Mary Woehr has been a member of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra since 1982, both as a violist and a pianist. Before winning a position with the BSO, she performed with the London Sinfonia in Canada, the Dallas Chamber Orchestra, the Dallas Ballet Orchestra and the Chautauqua Symphony. She is an avid chamber musician and this year joined “The Pittsburgh Connection,” a trio with harpist Anne-Marguirite Michaud and New York Philharmonic principal flutist Robert Langevin.

The 2006-07 season marks the second full season of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s second home: the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda, Maryland. With the opening of Strathmore in February 2005, the BSO became the nation’s first major orchestra with year-round venues in two metropolitan areas. The Music Center Strathmore is the result of a precedent-setting partnership between the BSO, Strathmore, the residents of Montgomery County and the State of Maryland.

For more information about the upcoming BSO chamber music concerts, please call the Montgomery College-Rockville Music Department at 301-279-5209.

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md. The College serves nearly 60,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

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