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Orchestra to perform works of Mahler, Prokofiev, April 28-29

The Princeton University Orchestra, under the direction of Michael Pratt, will present the annual Stuart B. Mindlin Memorial Concerts at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 28-29, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall.

The final concerts of the year will offer perhaps the best known of the nine symphonies of Gustav Mahler, the Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp minor, and one of the most popular works in the solo violin repertory, Sergei Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor.

"Mahler's Fifth Symphony is one of the great symphonic landmarks," said Pratt. "It contains what is doubtless the best-known single movement by Mahler, the incomparable Adagietto for strings and harp. The movement received wide public exposure in the soundtrack of Luchino Visconti's 1971 film, 'Death in Venice.' The entire work brims with everything we love about Maher's music -- tenderness, violence, despair, ecstasy."

The soloist in the Prokofiev concerto will be the co-winner of this year's Concerto Competition, sophomore Steven Chen. Chen began his violin studies at age 5 and made his solo debut with the La Palma String Ensemble Orchestra in California at age 8. He has performed as a soloist with the Brentwood-Westwood Symphony Orchestra, the Olympia Youth Orchestra and the Southwestern Youth Music Festival Orchestra. As a winner of the Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight Awards, he performed at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, and received a full scholarship to attend the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado in 2004. At Princeton, he plans to major in economics and is pursuing certificates in finance and music performance.

Tickets are $18 for general admission, $15 for seniors and $5 for students, and are available through the Richardson Auditorium box office at (609) 258-5000 or online through University Ticketing.

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