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Finnish violinist Elina Vahala performs in Dalton Center

March 5, 2003

KALAMAZOO -- Finnish violinist Elina Vahala will present works by Prokofiev, Ravel, Schubert and Sibelius in a Young Concert Artist recital in the Dalton Center Recital Hall at Western Michigan University Tuesday, March 11, beginning at 8:15 p.m.

Tickets are $10 general admission and $5 for students and senior citizens and are available through the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office at 269 387-2300.

Vahala, who previously performed in Kalamazoo at the 2000 Gilmore Keyboard Festival, won First Prize at the 1999 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, as well as a Bärenreiter Prize for the Best Historical Performance for Strings and the Mortimer Levitt Career Development Award for Women Artists. She opened the 39th Young Concert Artists Series with her critically-acclaimed New York debut in 1999 at the 92nd Street Y.

Vahala's engagements with orchestras include performances with the Danish Radio Sinfonietta and with Finland's Helsinki Philharmonic, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Lahti Philharmonic, Kuopio Symphony Orchestra, Pori Sinfonietta, Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, Vivo Symphony Orchestra, Turku Philharmonic Orchestra and Virtuosi di Kuhmo Chamber Orchestra.

In recital, Vhala has performed at the National Art Gallery in Ottawa, Canada; in Kyoto, Japan; in Beijing at the Forbidden City Music Festival; at Sweden's Laplands Festival; in Berlin, Hamburg, Stuttgart and the Usedom Music Festival in Germany; at the Flanders Festival in Belgium; and in Poznan, Poland. She has also given recitals throughout Finland, in Helsinki, Kuhmo, Lahti, Turku, Tampere and Oulu.

Media contact: Kevin West, 269 387-4678, kevin.west@wmich.edu

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