October 05, 2005


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LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Celentano String Quartet will perform Saturday, Oct. 15, at 8 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building at Bucknell University.

The recital, which is open to the public without charge, will include Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's String Quartet in D Major K. 575; Stanley Chepaitis' Child's Play for String Quartet; and Franz Schubert's String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 29

The Celentano String Quartet — Stanley and Swana Chepaitis, violins, Christopher Para, viola, and Linda Jennings, cello — is named after John Celentano, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Chamber Music of the Eastman School of Music. Since joining the Eastman faculty in 1946, Celentano has profoundly influenced three generations of chamber musicians with his extraordinary musicianship and refined musical style. Since its founding in October of 2002 on the 90th anniversary of his birth, the Celentano String Quartet has performed numerous concerts in the western and central Pennsylvania Region.

Associate professor of violin at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Stanley Chepaitis holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree as well as the coveted Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. He has studied violin with John Celentano, Renato Bonacini, Carroll Glenn, and Raphael Bronstien. Music director of the Chamber Orchestra of the Alleghenies, he performs on a regular basis with his own jazz quartet. His recent performances include recitals at the Eastman School's Kilbourne Hall and at the Academy of Music in Zagreb, Croatia.

Swana Chepaitis received a diploma in violin pedagogy from the Hochschule fuer Kuenste in Bremen, Germany. A student of Maria Grevesmuehl and Baroque Violin specialist Christoph Heidemann, she is a former member of the L'Arco, a Baroque Orchestra based in Hannover, Germany. Principal second violin of the Chamber Orchestra of the Alleghenies, she performs with the University of Pittsburgh Baroque Ensemble.

Para received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in viola performance from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Francis Tursi, Heidi Castleman and John Celentano. He has appeared as a viola recitalist, chamber musician, and soloist with orchestras throughout the United States, Canada and England. Internationally known as a conductor, Para is associate professor of music at Bucknell, where he serves as conductor of the University Orchestra and teaches violin and viola.

Assistant professor of cello at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Jennings teaches music theory classes and music appreciation classes and directs the IUP Cello Choir. A native of Wisconsin, Jennings received her Bachelor of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and holds a Master of Music from the University of Southern California and a Doctorate of Music from the University of Texas at Austin. She has studied with cellists Geraldine Jennings, Parry Karp, Eleonore Schoenfeld, Uri Vardi and Phyllis Young. A member of the Chamber Orchestra of the Alleghenies, she was guest principal cellist of the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra in Thailand this past summer. She also has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in festivals in the United States, Europe and Asia.

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