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Classical Notes: 3/16/02

Saturday, March 16, 2002

By Andrew Druckenbrod, Post-Gazette Classical Music Critic

Tickets to hear "America's Tenors," Michael Amante and Daniel Rodriguez, with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra are now on sale. The two will appear at Heinz Hall on June 13. $29-$75.412-392-4900.

Soprano Alexandra Loutsion of Canonsburg has won the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh's first Barbara Cass Award for Vocal Excellence in the Junior Mendelssohn Choir. Cass created the Junior Mendelssohn Choir in 1986. C. Hax McCullough, a lifetime trustee of the Mendelssohn Choir, made the award possible. Loutsion received $1,000.

The five winners of the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra Young Artist competition will perform 3 p.m. next Saturday at Seton Hill College, Greensburg. Sponsored by Merrill Lynch, the winners are Katelyn Medic (clarinet), Lisa Strittmatter (piano), Iris Kim (violin), Douglas Koury (piano) and Eve Miedel (soprano).

Missa Haas, a University of Pittsburgh senior, has captured one of two national awards for outstanding young musicians with disabilities. As a result of winning a VSA (Very Special Arts) Young Soloists Award, she receives $5,000 and performs Wednesday at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The pianist is a native of Pittsburgh who earlier this semester won Pitt's Student of the Year Award.

Local pianist Jacqueline Herbein will present a lecture on the anatomical issues of playing the piano at 10 a.m. Wednesday. It is part of a Pittsburgh Piano Teachers event at Christ Church at Grove Farm, Sewickley. It is free and open to the public.

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