Soloists of the Malibu Coast Chamber Orchestra to Perform at MTSU

Three soloists from the Malibu Coast Chamber Orchestra (Malibu, CA) will be performing as a trio in a free in open concert at the MTSU School of Music at 8 p.m. Sept. 18 in Hinton Music Hall of the Wright Music Building on the MTSU Campus.

   Violinist Maria Newman, pianist Wendy Prober and violist Scott Hosfeld will perform Songs My Grandmother Taught Me, Newman's own composition inspired by her grandmother, Louise Moss Montgomery, Poet Laureate of Mississippi from 1973 until her death.

   As daughter of Nine-Time Academy Award Winning Film Composer Alfred Newman, Malibu composer (Maria) Newman grew up amidst the sounds of Hollywood.  But it is the rhythm, warmth and cadence of the American South and the simple lyrical and humorous poetry of her Mississippi born grandmother that became her muse.  Newman has been honored with numerous musical commendations and recognitions from the United States Congress, the Annenberg Foundation, the Mary Pickford Foundation, the California State Senate, the California State Assembly, the County of Los Angeles, the City of Malibu, and the Malibu Times periodical, and has appeared in subject spotlight articles by many of this nation's most noted and esteemed newspapers and magazines.

Guest pianist, Prober, has performed as a pianist throughout the United States and Israel as a critically acclaimed chamber musician and soloist. She is also the principal pianist of the Malibu Coast Silent Film Orchestra.

Violist, Hosfeld, is also conductor and music director of the award-winning Malibu Coast Chamber Orchestra. Grand Prize Winner of Young Artists International, Hosfeld made his Carnegie Recital Hall Debut in 1980 as violist and founder of the Riverside String Quartet and consequently toured Russia, Western Europe and Central and South America with the Val Coeur String Quartet.

In conjunction with their visit the group will hold master classes for their instrument the following day at 11:20 a.m. Sept. 19 in the Wright Music Building.

For further information on the Sept. 18 concert, the Sept. 19 master classes or other concerts in the MTSU School of Music please call 615-898-2493 or visit the concert calendar link at