September 16, 2008

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Celentano String Quartet will perform in concert on Sunday, Sept. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building at Bucknell University.

The concert, which is free to the public, will include two works by Johannes Brahms: Quintet in B Minor for Clarinet and String Quartet, Op. 115, and Quintet in G Major for Two Violins, Two Violas, and Violoncello, Op. 111.

"The pairing of two Brahms quintets is unusual," said violist Christopher Para, associate professor of music at Bucknell. "It is an opportunity to hear two of Brahms' most famous chamber music works."

The Celentano String Quartet – Stanley and Swana Chepaitis, violins, Linda Jennings, 'cello, and Para – will be joined by guest artists David Martynuik, clarinet, and Marcus Smolensky, viola.

John Celentano honored
The Quartet is named after John Celentano, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Chamber Music of the Eastman School of Music. Since joining the Eastman faculty in 1946, he has influenced three generations of chamber musicians with his extraordinary musicianship and refined musical style. 

Since its founding in October 2002 on the 90th anniversary of Celentano's birth, the Celentano String Quartet has performed numerous concerts and broadcast performances in the western and central Pennsylvania region. 

Stanley Chepaitis, associate professor of violin at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, is the music director of the Chamber Orchestra of the Alleghenies and 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 is a former member of the L'Arco, a Baroque Orchestra based in Hannover, Germany. She performs with the University of Pittsburgh Baroque Ensemble and is the principal second violin of the Chamber Orchestra of the Alleghenies.

Linda Jennings is assistant professor of cello at Indiana University of Pennsylvania where she also directs the IUP Cello Choir. She is a member of the Chamber Orchestra of the Alleghenies and this last summer was guest principal cellist of the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra in Thailand. She also has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in festivals in the United States, Europe and Asia.

Christopher Para has appeared as a viola recitalist, chamber musician, and soloist with orchestras throughout the United States, Canada and England. Internationally known as a conductor, he also serves as conductor of the Bucknell University Orchestra and teaches violin and viola.

David Martynuik is an assistant professor of music at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, director of the IUP Marching Band, and assistant conductor of the IUP Orchestra. Having served as principal clarinetist of the Susquehanna Symphony, the St. Joseph Pro Musica, and the Eastern Wind Symphony, he is a member of the Keystone Wind Ensemble. He is active as a performer and composer. His compositions for large and small instrumental ensembles have been performed across the country, and he is sought after as an arranger for college and high school bands.

Marcus Smolensky is the founder and conductor of the Amadeus Youth Orchestra, an ensemble for talented young string players in the Susquehanna Valley. A former member of the Rochester Philharmonic, Syracuse Symphony, and Harrisburg Symphony, he has been the featured soloist with the Valley Symphony (Edinburg, Texas), Martinu Philharmonic (Czech Republic), Central Pennsylvania Symphony (Hershey, Pa.), Genesee Symphony (Batavia, N.Y.), and the Lowell Philharmonic (Lowell, Mass.). 

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