Dorothy Martirano (Urbana, Illinois)

PERFORMANCE, Friday, July 25, 1997, 7pm, Tacoma Art Museum.

Dorothy Martirano received her degrees from the University of Illinois where she studied violin with Paul Rolland and John Garvey, and piano with Claire Richards and Soulima Stravinsky. Ms. Martirano is the Concertmaster of the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra. She is violinist, arranger, founding member and co-director of Champaign-Urbana's "String Society". She is the violinist for "Maria Company" and for rhythm and blues band "The Dead Beats". She regularly performs with and records for "Champaign Underground". Recent solo and ensemble performances include guest appearances at the University of Chicago, Chicago's "Hot House", the L.A. Philharmonic's New Music Series, and the "Knitting Factory" in NYC. She toured extensively with Composer/Performer Salvatore Martirano during the 1980s and early '90s doing both solo performances and duos with "Four not Two" a composing/performing interactive computer/MIDI synthesizer system for improvisation, including performances in Romania and Korea, at "New Music America" in Philadelphia, and at New York's Merkin Hall and Roulette. Locally, Ms. Martirano has performed with the Springfield Symphony, the Illinois Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonia da Camera, the U. of I. Contemporary Chamber Players, the U. of I. Jazz Band, the U. of I Russian Orchestra, Medicare 7, 8. and 9, the Tom Painter Quintet, Faces, the BACH Ensemble, and the Prairie Ensemble. She was a founding member of, and arranger for the Square Knot Quartet, a string quartet which specialized in improvisation. She has done numerous broadcasts and interviews for WILL and WEFT radio, and for local Cable Television. She Has Recorded for Centaur, Polydor, Hal Leonard, Paramount Pictures, Champaign Underground, Pogo Studios, and Mark Records, among others. She is featured on "Salvatore Martirano, a Retrospective", a 1995 Centaur release, and an upcoming New World Records CD. Ms. Martirano plans for this spring include a recording of popular standards (arranged by Salvatore Martirano) with local jazz artists Brian Wilkey and Catalin Rotaru) and a performance of Sampler (also by Martirano) for Zeta violin and the yahaSALmaMAC MIDI orchestra at the Lunar Cabaret in Chicago in June.

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