Mount Vernon Music hosts an evening of romantic and passionate music in Nuevo Tango! Saturday, May 10
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Event Type: Nuevo Tango! Concert – Mariano Dugatkin, bandoneon and the Orchard Ensemble


Event Date: 5-10-14 at 7:30 p.m.


Location: Mount Vernon Music Hall

402 Leftwich St. at Yates

Mount Vernon, Texas 75457


Contact: Mark Miller at 903-563-3780 or



Mount Vernon Music hostsan evening of romantic and passionate music in Nuevo Tango!Saturday, May 10 at 7:30 P.M. in Mount Vernon Music Hall. Renowned Argentine musician Mariano Dugatkin, bandoneon, and the strings of the Orchard Ensemble will perform tangos by the great Astor Piazzolla, including Oblivion, Libertango, Adios Noniño and more. Music lovers won’t want to miss this chance to hear a true master of an instrument central to the tango tradition of Argentina and Uruguay, but rarely heard by American audiences.


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. Information about the mission and concert schedule of Mount Vernon Music, and historic Mount Vernon Music Hall can be found at the organization’s website.


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Mariano Dugatkin, originally from Argentina, is an award-winning composer, pianist and bandoneon (related to the concertina) player. He holds a Master’s degree in Music Composition from the National University Art Institute of Buenos Aires, Argentina (IUNA). Dugatkin’s work has been performed at the most prestigious concert halls in Argentina and abroad. He has composed original music scores for several films, commercials, theatre plays and dance shows. He has been honored with awards by the International Competition of Electroacoustic Music and Sonic Art of Bourges, France, by the National Composer’s Tribune Prize and the National Electroacoustic Music Rostrum Prize, UNESCO, in Argentina. He was Artist in Residence at the ISA in La Havana, Cuba; at the IMEB in Bourges, France; and at the University of Sheffield, UK. 


Presently concertmaster of the East Texas and Longview Symphony Orchestras, violinist Mark Miller also performs with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and other area ensembles. He is a founder and president of Mount Vernon Music Association, a membership-based nonprofit devoted to bringing outstanding performances of classical, cultural and jazz chamber music to underserved audiences in rural Northeast Texas. He also co-directs the chamber series “The Color of Sound” at Texas A&M University – Commerce, where for eleven years he taught and performed as an Artist-in-Residence with his wife, violist Ute Miller, and the ensemble Duo Renard. Their most recent recording, on the Fleur de Son label, is of music by Mozart and contemporary composer Benedikt Brydern. Following studies at SUNY Purchase, Indiana University - Bloomington and Boston University, Mark studied with Jürgen Kussmaul in Germany, where he was assistant concertmaster in the Robert Schumann Chamber Orchestra of Düsseldorf and a member of the Beethoven Orchester Bonn. He has appeared as soloist with the East Texas Symphony Orchestra.


Elizabeth Elsner, violin, is currently concertmaster of the Abilene Philharmonic. Since her move to the Dallas area, she has performed with the Fort Worth Symphony, the East Texas Symphony, the Arkansas Symphony and other various area orchestras. Previously Elizabeth held the position of Concertmaster of the Midland/Odessa Symphony and was a member of the Permian Basin String Quartet. Elizabeth received her Bachelors and Masters of Music degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied with Linda Cerone, Stephen Majeske and Stephen Rose, as well as chamber music studies with Peter Salaff and the Cavani Quartet. She has been a member of the National Repertory Orchestra, Aspen Music Festival, Cleveland Pops Orchestra, and Assistant Concertmaster of the Peoria Symphony. She appears regularly in the season concerts and outreach performances of Mount Vernon Music, where she serves on the board of directors and implements a scholarship program for young musicians in East Texas.



Ute Miller serves as principal violist of the East Texas Symphony, and performs regularly with the Dallas and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestras. She has appeared as a soloist with the East Texas Symphony Orchestra. Ute is a founder, treasurer and managing director of Mount Vernon Music Association. Her musical studies include the prestigious Konzertexamen diploma from the Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf, and a year at Boston University as a student of Raphael Hillyer, founding member of the Juilliard Quartet. In addition to playing with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, she served for seven years as assistant principal violist of the Gürzenich Orchester-Cologne Philharmonic, and for eight years as principal violist of the Dallas Opera Orchestra.


New York native Craig Leffer holds degrees in cello performance from the Eastman School of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music. His festival appearances include Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, Kent-Blossom, and the Utah Festival Opera. Leffer has performed as a member of the Canton, Cleveland Chamber, and Midland-Odessa Symphonies, and with the New York String and National Repertory Orchestras. As a freelancer, Leffer performs with the Dallas Opera, Dallas Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony and serves as principal cellist of the Abilene Philharmonic.


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