Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra Welcomes Guest Conductor Stephen Czarkowski

The Friends of Music announced Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra first concert of 2012 will be led by Guest Conductor Stephen Czarkowski. Czarkowski will take the podium on Saturday, March 10, at the Frank Center of Shepherd University. The concert is being sponsored by Helen and Ed Moore of Shepherdstown. The curtain goes up at 8:00 P.M.

Czarkowski is a teacher at Shepherd University and the long-time principle cellist of the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra. In addition he is the conductor of the Apollo Chamber Orchestra in Maryland, assistant conductor of the Opera Camerata of Washington (DC), cover conductor of the Norwalk Symphony (CT) and guest conductor of the Frederick all-county orchestra (MD.).

On March 10, Conductor Czarkowski will present John Adams: The Chairman Dances, John Adams: Tromba Lontana, Dvorak: Symphony No. 8, and George Gershwin's incomparable Rhapsody in Blue with piano soloist Dr. Scott Beard.

The Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra, the Eastern Panhandle's professional chamber orchestra, has received wide critical acclaim since it's founding by Friends of Music (FOM) in 2007. Dr. Mark McCoy, former Chairman of the Shepherd Department of Music, was the orchestra conductor since its founding. McCoy, now the Dean of the School of Music at DePauw University, passed his baton to three guest conductors. The FOM selection committee of members of the orchestra and board led a national search last year and from the many applicants chose Tara Simoncic of Harrisburg, PA, who conducted the orchestra in September, 2011; Dr. Jed Gaylin of Baltimore, scheduled for September 2012 and Stephen Czarkowski of Rockville.