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Montgomery College Hosts 2010 Masterworks Festival Concert June 27 Professor Pablo Saelzer to Conduct Avanti Orchestra of the Friday Morning Music Club

Under the artistic direction of Montgomery College Professor Pablo Saelzer, the Avanti Orchestra of the Friday Morning Music Club is holding a concert featuring Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade” on Sunday, June 27, 2010, at 5 p.m. at the Cultural Arts Center on Montgomery College’s Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus, located at 7995 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Md. The concert is free and open to the public.

The concert is the culminating event of the weeklong Masterworks Festival, June 21-27. The festival is an opportunity for professional and highly-accomplished amateur musicians to come together to study, rehearse, and perform a symphonic masterwork.

The Avanti Orchestra is comprised of 77 musicians from the Washington, DC and Baltimore-metro areas, including winners of the Friday Morning Music Club high school competition for strings.

Pablo Saelzer is a professor of music at Montgomery College-Rockville where he conducts its Metropolitan Orchestra. He also conducts the Avanti Orchestra of the Friday Morning Music Club and the Chamber Orchestra of the Maryland Classical Youth Orchestras and is music director of the Mississippi Symphony’s Premier Orchestra Institute. In addition, he is a faculty member at The Levine School of Music and has performed with diverse professional ensembles around Washington, DC and Baltimore, including the National Philharmonic Orchestra and the Concert Artists of Baltimore.

Avanti Orchestra of the Friday Morning Music Club, founded in 1943 as a string group, is an instrumental ensemble that developed into a full symphony orchestra in the 1970s. Avanti consists talented players, both professional and amateur. Although it maintains an amateur status, the orchestra has earned an outstanding reputation for its excellent performances. It presents four to five concerts annually and is supported by member dues and donations.

For more information about the Masterworks Festival, including the week’s rehearsal schedules, visit the Web site at

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