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Last modified: Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Indiana University String Academy Virtuosi will play Carnegie Hall

WHAT: Indiana University Jacobs School of Music String Academy Virtuosi
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. March 11
WHERE: Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, New York City
TICKETS: $45 and $35 for the general public, $25 for students. Available at or 212-247-7800.

Dec. 12, 2012

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

String Academy Virtuosi

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Twenty-one 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 perform in Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall at 7:30 p.m. March 11.

Joining them will be renowned French violinist Gilles Apap, who performed with them last summer in Bloomington.

"Of course, we are delighted to be performing at Carnegie Hall," Zweig said. "It is such an inspiration for the kids. They have worked so hard and achieved so much; they truly deserve to be heard in such a distinguished venue."

The New York performance will include Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" with Apap. Also on the program is Vivaldi's "Concerto for Four Violins" and pieces by Copland, Brahms, Prokofiev, Kreisler and Jacobs composition professor Don Freund.

"I am very much looking forward to reuniting with this extremely talented group," Apap said. "It is the best band I've ever had."

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

The ensemble 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."