Benefit Concert: Ellen Rose and Kristin Ditlow in Recital
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Event Type:    Benefit Concert: Ellen Rose and Kristin Ditlow in Recital

Event Date:        10-28-12 at 3 P.M.

Location:        Mount Vernon Music Hall

            402 Leftwich St. at Yates

            Mount Vernon, Texas 75457

Contact:        Ute Miller at 903-563-3780 or


Mount Vernon Music proudly presents the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s principal violist Ellen Rose in a benefit recital with pianist Kristin Ditlow on Sunday, October 28 at 3 P.M. in Mount Vernon Music Hall, 402 Leftwich St. at Yates in Mt. Vernon. The two performers, whose careers have taken them around the world, will present music by Boccherini, Enesco, Clarke, Vaughan Williams and Ellen Rose's own transcriptions of other masters. Proceeds from this event will go to support MVM’s ongoing outreach programs.

Tickets are $10 for MVM members, $15 for non-members, and $5 for college students with valid ID. Children’s admission through high school is free (8th grade and younger must be accompanied by an adult ticketholder). Memberships in MVM start at $25 and are good for the entire season from June 1 through May 31. For more information call Mount Vernon Music at 903-563-3780, or visit 

Mount Vernon Music is a 501(c)(3) organization formed in 2006 to further the performance of classical and other fine music in rural East Texas. For more information on the mission and concert schedule of Mount Vernon Music, and about historic Mount Vernon Music Hall, please visit

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Ellen Rose, a Juilliard School graduate, has served as Principal Viola of the Dallas Symphony since 1980. She has performed with Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman and Yo-Yo Ma in chamber music concerts and has appeared as soloist and chamber musician in the United States, Europe and South America. She served on the faculty of the Aspen Music Festival from 1989-2002, and currently teaches at Southern Methodist University. She can be heard on two CDs on the Centaur Records label. She has given master classes at the Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, and the Cleveland Institute of Music. Ms. Rose has been a performer and guest speaker at the Viola National Congresses in Sweden and the U.S. She has authored two books, Extreme Viola (a scale book) and Viola Excerpts Plus. In January 2010, she presented the world premiere of a viola concerto dedicated to her by composer Margaret Brouwer and commissioned by the Dallas Symphony. In 2010, she returned to Romania to do master classes and perform chamber music, and joined the faculty of the Summer Institute in Budapest, Hungary.

    Ms. Rose has worked with Children's Medical Center of Dallas to raise money for the children's cancer unit and has raised funds for the Nelson Children’s Center for abused and abandoned children. She has also been a volunteer counselor at the Dallas Pregnancy Resource Center.

    Kristin Ditlow has appeared as a soloist, collaborative artist, and conductor throughout the United States and Europe. Recent seasons featured her appearances at San Francisco Opera, Tanglewood Music Center, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, Carnegie Hall, and in venues throughout Italy, France, the United Kingdom, Czech Republic, and Hungary. Upcoming appearances include engagements in China and the United Kingdom in the fall of 2011, and in Italy, Hungary, and Germany in 2012.

    Philadelphia music critic Michael Caruso praised the “technical command and interpretive distinction” of Ditlow’s playing. Other reviews have hailed her “enormous passion, fine precision, and great musicality ... the chemistry between her and the other members of the new trio.”

    As an opera and voice coach, Ms. Ditlow has served on the faculties of the Curtis Institute of Music, Westminster Choir College, and Roberts Wesleyan College. She has worked at the Spoleto Festival USA, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Bronx Opera, Opera in the Ozarks, San Francisco Opera Center, Delaware Valley Opera Company, the Princeton Festival, Crescendo Summer Institute, Si Parla, Si Canta, ImaginationSound, and the Ameropa International Festival. As a chamber musician, she founded two award-winning chamber ensembles, the Lukens Piano Trio (her current ensemble) and the Mühlenberg Piano Quartet. She has also appeared as a sonata or duo partner throughout the US and abroad.

    Ms. Ditlow is devoted to promoting new music, as well as instrumental and vocal chamber music. Her innovative programming includes a variety of vocal chamber music and cross-genre performances. She has premiered works by Logan, Chobanian, Andoniadis, Hollos throughout the world. She holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Westminster Choir College, and is currently a candidate for the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at the Eastman School of Music. She maintains an active presence on the web at

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