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Contact: Christina Chapple
Date: 4/26/04
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      HAMMOND -- The Southeastern Louisiana University Chamber Orchestra will present “Spring Strings,” a concert showcasing the university’s string players, May 3 at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.
      The free concert, scheduled for 7:30 p.m., will feature award-winning young Russian violinist Yuri Zhislin, who will join the orchestra in Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons,” said conductor Yakov Voldman, director of the music and dramatic arts department’s string program.
      “This is a very special day for the string players in our music and dramatic arts department,” Voldman said. “It is the first time after many years that we are performing as a string orchestra – all string musicians, without the wind instruments. It is a great opportunity to show off our best string players, in both chamber ensemble and orchestra settings.”
      Voldamn said that among the approximately two dozen orchestra members performing in the May 3 concert are four graduating seniors – Ausra Jasineviciute, viola; Oscar Everald Martinez and Alexandru Ureche, violin and Natalia Vacarciuc, cello –  who will be performing in their final Southeastern concert. 
      “I am very happy because they accomplished their goals and have been accepted into the best graduate schools in the United States,” Voldman said, “but I am sad to see them leaving us because they have become like my children. I hope everything that they learned here will help them in their career and in their life.”
      Voldman said the concert is dedicated to the campus and community friends who have helped the Southeastern string program's many international students feel at home in the United States. "The success of the string program would not be possible without their support," he said.
      Voldman thanked Southeastern President Randy Moffett, Provost John Crain, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Tammy Bourg, Music and Dramatic Arts Department Head David Evenson, Gina and George Anthon, Lauren Becnel, Susan Berdahl, John and Brenda Braud, Faye and Phelan Bright, Cheryl Brothers, Freda Green, Jeff and Donna Hathorn, Lila and Thomas Hogan, Michael and Denise Holly, Richard and Davi Keller, Deanna Middleton, John and Ruth Miller, Mary Nelson, Ken and Toni Nershi, Virginia Romero, and Deborah Valenti.
      The concert will also feature a sinfonia by Luigi Boccherini and Mendelssohn-Bartholdy’s “Octet in E. Flat Major, Op. 20,” which will be performed by a chamber ensemble including Ureche, Jasineviciute, Vacarciuc, Valentin Nicolaescu, Serban Petrescu, Emanuela Lacraru, Simina Renea, and Floreta Ioana Velicu.
      Born in Moscow in 1974, Zhislin began playing violin at the age of six, joining the Moscow Music Gnessin School for gifted children. From his early years, he took part in numerous public concerts, representing the school both in Russia and abroad.
      A major prize-winner in the 1991 Sarasate International Violin Competition in Spain, Zhislin entered the Royal College of Music in London, winning major college prizes, including the prize for an outstanding string player of the year. As a member of the college’s Rosamunde Quartet, he won chamber music prizes and toured extensively throughout the United Kingdom.
      In 1993 Zhislin became the BBC Radio Two Young Musician of the Year. His competition awards include the Malcolm Sargent Award, the Douai International Violin Competition in France and Special Prize for the best performance of the Mozart Violin Sonata at the Premio Trio di Trieste Chamber Music Competition in Italy. 
      Zhislin has soloed with many ensembles and orchestras, including the BBC Concert Orchestra, the London Mozart Players, the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, and orchestras in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, France and Spain. He is regularly invited to participate in international music festivals throughout the world and has broadcasted on BBC Radio Three, Radio Dos Clasico (Spain) and several other European and American networks.
      A dedicated chamber musician, Zhislin led the Russian Chamber Orchestra of London from its debut 1998 until 2002. He was appointed Principal First Violin of the London Mozart Players in October 1997. In August 2000, he co-founded and became the artistic director of the Evaristo Valle International Chamber Music Festival in Gijon (Spain).
      For additional information about the concert, contact the music and dramatic arts department, 985-549-2184.