Columbia Orchestra Final Performance Is April 22 in Miller

The Columbia University Orchestra will perform the final concert of its 1995-'96 season on Mon., Apr. 22, at 8:00 P.M. in Miller Theatre.

George Rothman will lead the orchestra in the New York premiere of Stephen Hartke's Pacific Rim and Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto featuring Szu-Hwa Wu, winner of the Columbia University Orchestra Concerto Competition. Beethoven's Fourth Symphony will complete the program.

Nineteen-year-old Szu-Hwa Wu made her debut solo appearance at age 6 performing Mozart's Violin Concerto in Taiwan. Since then, she has performed numerous solo and chamber music engagements in both the United States and Asia. She is currently enrolled in the joint degree program of Columbia and The Juilliard School.

Stephen Hartke has served as Composer-in-Residence with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and currently is an associate professor of composition at the University of Southern California.

The Columbia University Orchestra was founded by Edward MacDowell in 1896, and is the oldest continually operating university orchestra in the United States. The orchestra is composed of Columbia and Barnard students, as well as members of the community.

The orchestra has recently recorded a CD for Arabesque Records.

Admission to the concert is free.

Columbia University Record -- April 19, 1996 -- Vol. 21, No. 24