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Reed's Music Matinee series continues with the Duo Costanzi, who will perform on Sunday, March 9, at 3 p.m. in Vollum Lecture Hall. The duo consists of Rita Costanzi, harp, and Victor Costanzi, violin; they will play the music of Vivaldi, Paganini, Vieuxtemps and Rossini. The concert is free and open to the public; for more information, call the Reed events line at 503/777-7755.

Rita Costanzi has been heralded as one of today's most gifted artists and is highly acclaimed for the penetrating depth and sensitivity of her interpretations. Her studies began under her father, the noted violist Francis Tursi, and harpist Eileen Malone, and she graduated from the Eastman School of Music with highest distinction and a Performer's Certificate. She has soloed with orchestras across Canada and the U.S. and is currently principal harpist with the CBC Vancouver Orchestra and the Curio Ensemble. Costanzi has devoted herself to the advancement of the harp as a solo performance instrument and has recorded two CDs of her work. Renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma said, "Rita Costanzi's harp playing is full of lyricism. She explores the full range of colour of her instrument. Her playing has life, passion, and never loses sight of the 'long line.'"

Victor Costanzi made his debut as soloist at the age of 16 with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra in his native Minnesota and had his formal training at the Eastman School of Music, where he performed as concertmaster of every major ensemble. As a recitalist and chamber musician he has toured Latin America and the U.S. and has been broadcast on national public television and radio in Mexico and the U.S. He now serves as concertmaster of the CBC Vancouver Orchestra, the Vancouver Opera, and the Canada West Chamber Orchestra and as first violinist of the Vetta, Curio, and Vancouver New Music Ensembles. He is heard frequently across the country on CBC broadcasts.