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Indiana University String Academy Virtuosi to perform in Argentina and Brazil

May 31, 2013

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Members of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music String Academy, directed by Jacobs professor Mimi Zweig, will act as musical ambassadors of the Midwest once again during a high-profile trip.

String Virtuosi Summer 2013

Several members of the String Academy Virtuosi

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Eight members of the String Academy Virtuosi -- a gifted group of violinists, violists and cellists between the ages of 12 and 18 who study in the pre-college program at the Jacobs School of Music - will leave this Sunday, June 2, for a performance tour of Argentina and Brazil, returning June 19.

The group -- violinists Rose Brown, Ariel Horowitz, Amy Lidell, Gregório Lopes and Nathan Meltzer; violinist and violist Zola Hightower; and cellists Gabriel Martins and Braden McConnell, will perform in Buenos Aires, Córdoba, Neuquén, Mendoza and San Juan, Argentina, as well as in São Paulo, Brazil.

Co-directed by associate professor Brenda Brenner and cello program director Susan Moses, the Virtuosi has performed around the globe, including concerts in France, Denmark, Japan, Argentina, Spain, Italy and Sweden. The ensemble played Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall in March and its Weill Recital Hall in 2002.

The group has also been featured on National Public Radio programs "From the Top" and "Prairie Home Companion" and was the subject of the Emmy-nominated public television documentary "Circling Around: The Violin Virtuosi."

Enjoy updates from the trip through the Virtuosi's blog and Facebook page.