Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra in its First Season Salon September 24, 2012

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Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston
(617) 779-0900

For Immediate Release – September 18, 2012


Preview of New Work by Pro Arte Cellist Steven Laven

BOSTON, September 18, 2012 – Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra will perform the first of its 2012-2013 salon concerts on Monday, September 24 at 7:00 p.m. in the Library of Christ Church Cambridge in Harvard Square. Works will include Mendelssohn’s String Quartet in E flat Major, five miniature quartets by Georgian composer Sulkhan Tsintsadze, and a preview of a new work by Pro Arte principal cellist Steven Laven. Performers will include Pro Arte Concertmaster Kristina Nilsson, principal second violinist Colin Davis, principal Violist Anne Black, and principal cellist Steve Laven.

“My piece is called, Starting from Scratch,” says Laven. “It’s been commissioned by a group of parents at Wayland High School who wanted to honor their award winning Fine Arts Director, Susan Memoli on her 10th anniversary in the school system. I want to show the progression of the students playing from the very first day of pizzicato open strings, progressing through easy slurs, rapid scales, mixed meters and ending with a challenging fiddle-inspired melody.”

Steve Laven has performed in the Houston Ballet and Grand Opera Orchestras, with various local choral groups, churches and chamber music groups, and substituting with the Houston Symphony. He has been on the faculties of Houston Baptist University and East Carolina University, the American Festival of the Arts, and has a large private studio of young cellists. Mr. Laven received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music and earned his Master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music. Mr. Laven also served as principal cellist of the Omaha Symphony for nine years, appearing as soloist in seven consecutive seasons. Mr. Laven’s music has been performed on new music concert series in Houston and Galveston, and his piece A Barnraising was played on the Kimmel Center Presents Chamber Music series by the Philadelphia Orchestra marimba quartet in May 2006. Music for young string orchestra includes Westward Odyssey, which won honorable mention in the 2006 Merle J. Isaac ASTA Composition Competition. Mr. Laven lives in the Boston area and plays with such groups as the Boston Pops, the Rhode Island Philharmonic, and the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, where he is the principal cellist. He is working on a CD of his music with his wife, Cynthia Meyers, who is a piccolo player with the Boston Symphony.

PRO ARTE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA                                  Monday September 24, 2012, 7:00 p.m.
Christ Church Cambridge
Zero Garden Street, Cambridge

Kristina Nilsson, violin
Colin Davis, violin
Anne Black, viola
Steve Laven, cello

Mendelssohn, String Quartet in E flat Major, Op.12
Tsintsadze, Five Miniature Quartets: Indi-Mindi, Lale, Sachidao, Melody, The Little Master
Laven, Starting From Scratch (preview)

Tickets: $15-$30. Tickets are available at, by phone at (617) 779-0900, at Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra offices at 75 Arlington Street, Suite 500, Boston, and at the door.

Founded in 1978 by Harvard Chaplain and visionary Larry Hill, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston is New England’s only professional cooperative orchestra. Its players are among the area’s finest free-lance musicians, and they perform regularly with the Boston Symphony, the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, the Boston Ballet, Handel and Haydn Society, and the Boston Lyric Opera. Pro Arte seeks to make classical music accessible to the entire community. Through its Access to the Best Music program, low income, at-risk, disabled, and elderly individuals receive free or discounted admission to Orchestra events and many of the best seats in the house. For more information, please contact the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston at or (617) 779-0900, or visit the website at