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Acclaimed Pianist and Cellist Perform at Tonight's Diehn Concert

Lambert Orkis, fortepiano, and David Hardy, cello, are the featured artists for tonight's F. Ludwig Diehn Concert Series, beginning at 8 p.m. in Chandler Recital Hall of Old Dominion University's Diehn Fine and Performing Arts Center.

Orkis and Hardy first began performing chamber music together in 1983. They have been members of Washington's 20th Century Consort - a group specializing in contemporary music - the Romantic Chamber Ensemble and the Empyrean Trio with then National Symphony Orchestra concertmaster William Steck. As principal chair players of the NSO, they were two of the original five founding members and, since 2003, have performed with the highly acclaimed Kennedy Center Chamber Players for sold-out houses in the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater.

Together they have performed much of the chamber music repertoire, which includes instruments from the music of the classical and romantic periods through the modern era. At the Kennedy Center in May 2008, they premiered a new work for cello and piano written for them by award-winning composer Stephen Jaffe.

Tonight's program is in conjunction with ODU's Harold Protsman Annual Classical Period Piano Competition, which was held over the weekend.

Tickets are $10 for students and $12 for general admission, and may be purchased in advance at the Arts and Letters box office, located in the University Theatre lobby, or by calling 683-5305. The box office is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets will also be available at the door one hour before the performance.

Free parking for the Diehn Concerts is available in the garage at the corner of 49th Street and Bluestone Avenue, or in the circular lot between the Diehn Center and Webb University Center.

An endowment established at The Norfolk Foundation, made possible by a generous gift from Mr. and Mrs. F. Ludwig Diehn, funds this program.

Click here for more information about future Diehn Concert performances.

This article was posted on: March 22, 2010

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