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Noted Violinist Federico Agostini to Perform in Benefit Concert Wednesday

May 27, 2006

Federico Agostini.jpgMay 27, 2006, Greencastle, Ind. - Internationally renowned concert violinist and recording artist Federico Agostini, who has toured the world as soloist with I Musici and serves on the faculty of Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music, will perform in Greencastle on Wednesday, May 31. The event marks the second concert of the 2006 Greencastle Summer Music Festival and begins at 7:30 p.m. at Gobin United Memorial Church on the DePauw University campus.

"We're calling this concert 'Music for Mary's Field: A Night in Vienna'," says series director Eric Edberg, a cellist and professor at the DePauw University School of Music. "The costs of the concert have been underwritten by family and friends of the late Mary Field. So we decided to make this concert a benefit for the 'Mary's Field' project."

The Friends of the Park of Putnam County are raising funds to turn the vacant lot just east of Greencastle's City Hall into a park honoring Field, who led the effort to preserve the property as open space. All donations received at the concert, unless otherwise specified, will go to the park project. (right: Agostini working with DePauw students in 2001 campus visit)

The program features Schubert's classic Piano Trio in E-flat Major, in which Agostini will be joined by Edberg as well as DePauw School of Music Professor and pianist Claude Cymerman. The three musicians will also perform an arrangement by legendary Viennese violinist Fritz Kreisler and a Tango by the Argentinean composer Astor Piazzola.

"Our idea is to play one of the great classical masterpieces written in Vienna, and then some of the lighter, more entertaining music that one might hear in a Viennese cafe," says Edberg.

"I'm absolutely thrilled that Maestro Agostini has agreed to play here in Greencastle," adds Edberg. Agostini is now based in Bloomington, Indiana, but continues to perform around the world in major concert halls and music festival. "He and Claude Cymerman met in France many years ago and became good friends and frequent musical collaborators, touring in Italy, Germany, France, and Japan. It's due to his friendship with Claude that he's coming," Edberg notes. "As a concert organizer and a musician, it's a dream come true that he has agreed to play not just this concert, and one two weeks later, here in Greencastle."

The Greencastle Summer Music Festival presents concerts of classical chamber music throughout the summer. The next concert will take place June 14, again featuring Agostini, Cymerman, and Edberg, in works by Mozart and Paul Schoenfeld as well as a number of tango arrangements.

More information on the series can be found by clicking here or by calling Professor Edberg at (765) 653-0847.

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