Maryville Hosts Chamber Orchestra’s Season Finale


Maryville University will host the final concert of the Saint Louis Chamber Orchestra season at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 17, in the Auditorium. Pianist Dominic Cheli, 15, winner of the 2009 Young Artist Competition, is the featured soloist.

James Richards, conductor of the Saint Louis Chamber Orchestra, is a professor and chair of the music department at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

General admission is $10; seniors, $5; and students, free.

The program includes: J.S. Bach, Orchestral Suite No. 5 in G minor; J.S. Bach, Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor; and Frank Bridge, Suite for String Orchestra.

Noted for his passion and intensity, Cheli has advanced to the top positions in piano competitions nationally and internationally, and has received numerous scholarships: the National Society of Arts and Letters Scholarship; the Gregory A. Courtney Scholarship; the Arden and Harry Fisher Scholarship; and the Buder Scholarship. He has been featured on various radio programs:  From the Top, a syndicated program broadcast on more than 200 radio stations nationwide; Kansas Public Radio; and “From the Garden, LIVE!” recorded at the Missouri Botanical Garden by Classic 99.1.

Cheli has been recognized as a Gateway West Young Achiever for his leadership and service in the St. Louis region.

Maryville University, founded in 1872, is a four-year, private university located in west St. Louis County. Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Colleges in the Masters-Midwest category, Maryville University students may choose from 50 academic programs, including degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. Among recent graduates, 94 percent are employed or attending graduate school. More than 15,000 Maryville alumni work and live in the St. Louis region.