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Amy Schwartz Moretti Concert and Debut CD Release on Dec. 6

 

 

Mercer University professor and critically acclaimed violinist Amy Schwartz Moretti will celebrate the release of her debut album, “Kaleidoscope,” with a CD release concert and party on Monday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m. at Neva Langley Fickling Hall in the McCorkle Music Building on the University’s Macon campus. 

Moretti is executive director of the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer’s Townsend School of Music and holds the Caroline Paul King Violin Chair at the School.

Moretti’s debut album is a compilation of showpieces that have special personal significance in her life. “Kaleidoscope” features the music of Gershwin, Tchaikovsky, Kreisler, Novacek, Martinon, Massinet, and Moszkowski.

Also featured on the recording are Moretti’s colleagues at Mercer University, pianists Elizabeth Pridgen, distinguished artist at the McDuffie Center and G. Leslie Fabian Piano Chair in the Townsend School of Music, and renowned violinist Robert McDuffie, Distinguished University Professor and holder of the Genelle and Mansfield Jennings Distinguished University Chair in Music. 

Moretti has been director of the McDuffie Center for Strings since January 2007. Recognized for her musical elegance and grace, she has made extensive solo and collaborative appearances in addition to orchestral performances as former Concertmaster of the Oregon Symphony and the Florida Orchestra. An avid chamber musician, she has recently performed at the music festivals of Aspen, Brevard, Amelia Island, Madison, Seattle, Rome and Chamber Music Northwest and in numerous concerts and instrumental combinations.

She has collaborated with esteemed artists Lynn Harrell, David Shifrin, Elmar Oliveira and James Ehnes, as well as members of the Guarneri String Quartet and Díaz String Trio.

She has been featured as soloist in many performances with orchestras including the Omaha Symphony and music director Thomas Wilkins and at the Brevard Music Center with Keith Lockhart conducting.

Moretti has been guest concertmaster with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the New York Pops and with the music festival orchestras of Brevard and Colorado.

During the summer, she serves as Concertmaster of the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra in Wyoming and has served as Concertmaster of CityMusic Cleveland, a chamber orchestra bringing free concerts into the neighborhoods of northeastern Ohio.

Recorded at Neva Langley Fickling Hall in April 2010, the CD was engineered by multi-Grammy winning engineer Leslie Ann Jones, who is director of music and scoring at George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch. Steve Moretti, two-time Grammy-nominated drummer, produced the recording. All post-production work was completed at Skywalker Ranch. The CD contains 14 tracks and is approximately 63 minutes long. 

“Kaleidoscope” will be released worldwide on SRM Classical and distributed by Dorian/Sono Luminus. CDs are $15 and will be signed by Moretti after the concert. Tickets for the concert are $10 general admission and free with Mercer ID. They can be purchased through Mercer Ticket Sales at (478) 301-5470 or online at music.mercer.edu.

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