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Saturday, 13 October 2001, 8:15 PM

Paul Taylor Dance Company

Paul Taylor Dance Company, now in its forty-sixth year, celebrates the artistry of Paul Taylor, performing his dances throughout the world. As Mr. Taylor continues to create new works, the critical acclaim for premieres and revivals alike resounds. The Company's history includes performances in over 450 cities in more than 60 nations. It has represented the United States at arts festivals in over 60 different countries, and has completed 11 tours sponsored by the United States Department of State. The Taylor Company has enjoyed major television exposure, both here and abroad, including the 1991 Emmy Award-winning Speaking in Tongues.

Paul Taylor has been a dominant force in dance for four decades. Born in Pennsylvania, Mr. Taylor spent his early years in and around Washington, D.C. He studied painting at Syracuse University before coming to New York City to begin his dance career. From 1955 until 1962, he was a soloist with the Martha Graham Dance Company while at the same time presenting his own work in concerts in both the United States and Europe. In 1959, he danced with the New York City Ballet as guest artist in George Balanchine's Episodes.

Taylor Dance photo Mr. Taylor was awarded a National Medal of Arts by President Clinton in 1993 at a ceremony at the White House. In 1992, he received an Emmy Award for Speaking in Tongues, produced by WNET/New York in 1991. He was a recipient of the 1992 Kennedy Center Honors "for enhancing the lives of people around the world and enriching the culture of our nation." In November of 1995, he received the Algur H. Meadows Award for Excellence in the Arts for work that "endures as some of the most innovative and important the world has ever seen." In 1995, he was named one of 50 prominent Americans honored in recognition of their outstanding achievement by the Library of Congress' Office of Scholarly Programs.

Paul Taylor was elected to knighthood by the French government as Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 1969 and has since been elevated to the ranks of Officier (1984) and Commandeur (1990). In January of 2000, he was awarded France's highest honor, the prestigious Legion d'Honneur, for exceptional contributions to French culture. Awards for lifetime achievement include a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.

Photos of the Paul Taylor Dance Company by Lois Greenfield.

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Thursday, 15 November 2001, 8:15 PM

Syracuse Symphony Orchestra

Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Conductor Emeritus
Carey Bell, Clarinet
Kathleen Clawson, Mezzo-soprano

Kazuyoshi Akiyama has served as Music Director of the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra since 1968 and is also Principal Conductor of the Sapporo Symphony. In 1968, Mr. Akiyama was appointed Music Director of the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra; his first conducting appointment away from Japan came that same year when Seiji Ozawa engaged him as his assistant conductor with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Akiyama was Music Director of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra from 1985 to 1993 and Music Director of the Vancouver Symphony from 1972 to 1985, where he still serves as Conductor Emeritus. He became the first conductor to be appointed Music Director of the American Symphony Orchestra following Leopold Stokowski, a position he held from 1973 to 1977.

Over the years Mr. Akiyama has maintained an extensive international conducting schedule, leading major North American orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. In Europe, he has led the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic, Tonhalle Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Bournemouth Symphony, Oslo Symphony, and Westdeutscher Rundfunk. Mr. Akiyama toured China, Europe, and the U.S. with the Tokyo Symphony including an appearance in London as part of that city's Japan Festival.

Principal Clarinet of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra since the 1998-99 season, Carey Bell is a native of Eugene, Oregon, where he began his clarinet studies in the sixth grade. Prior to joining the SSO, Mr. Bell played in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. He received bachelor's degrees in performance and composition from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1997 after just four years of study, and has studied with Fred Ormand, Larry Combs, William Bolcom, Michael Daugherty and Bright Sheng. Mr. Bell has participated in summer festivals at the Music Academy of the West and Tanglewood, and was a semifinalist at the International Carl Nielsen Clarinet Competition in Odense, Denmark in 1997.

Program Notes for the Evening's Concert

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Canadian Chamber Ensemble

Friday, 1 February 2002, 8:15 PM

The Canadian Chamber Ensemble

Bach and Beyond

Daniel Warren, Assistant Conductor
Heralded internationally for the quality of its performances, the Canadian Chamber Ensemble comprises the sixteen principal musicians of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. Because of its unique orchestration, the CCE is able to offer a varied and entertaining concert repertoire, which few performing groups in the world can achieve.

The instrumentation comprises flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, two horns, two trumpets, trombone, tuba, percussion, two violins, viola, cello and bass.

Under the direction of its founder, Raffi Armenian, the Canadian Chamber Ensemble has consistently won critical and public acclaim through its extensive tours, recordings, and broadcasts. International touring began in 1984 with trips to Spain, and South and Central America, where the CCE quickly gained a reputation as one of the world's leading ensembles.

In addition to touring, the CCE has released eleven recordings, including the Grand Prix du Disque winner, Serenades, which was also nominated for a Juno award. Repertoire from its Music from Berlin in the 1920's was selected by Director Woody Allen to underscore the opening credits of his film Shadows and Fog. Recent releases.asp have included Wine, Women and Song, a recording of the music of Johann Strauss Jr., Richard Wagner, Claude Debussy, and Claude Viver, and Serenade with Susan Hoepnner featuring the music of Fauré, Ravel and Rachmaninoff.

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Canada logo Funding for The Canadian Chamber Ensemble master classes at Geneva High School associated with this program were generously provided by the Canadian Consulate General/Consulat Général du Canada.

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Thursday, 7 March 2002, 8:15 PM

Syracuse Symphony Orchestra

The Music of Richard Rodgers

Grant Cooper, Resident Conductor
Lisa Vroman, Soprano
Douglas Webster, Baritone

Celebrate the centennial of Richard Rodgers' birth with an evening of wonderful songs. Richard Rodgers' contributions to the musical theater of his day were extraordinary, and his influence legendary. His career spanned more than six decades, and his hits ranged from the silver screens of Hollywood to the bright lights of Broadway, London and beyond. He was the recipient of countless awards, including Pulitzers, Tonys, Oscars, Grammys and Emmys. He wrote more than 900 published songs, and 40 Broadway musicals.

In his fourth year with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, Grant Cooper leads concerts on all of the Orchestra's main series: Classics, Pops, Family, and Stained Glass´┐Żas well as educational, regional, and summer park concerts and the annual production of The Nutcracker. Mr. Cooper, initially appointed Associate Conductor in 1997, was given the title Resident Conductor in 1999.

This New Zealand native received his bachelor of science degree from the University of Auckland and a master of music degree from the University of Tulsa. Among his many honors are the prestigious Tanglewood Fellowship in 1978 and a Commissioning Award from the Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council of New Zealand in 1984.

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Friday, 12 April 2002, 8:15 PM

Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra

Gunther Herbig, Conductor
Stanislav Ioudenitch, Piano (2001 Van Cliburn Gold Medalist)
German conductor Gunther Herbig has served as Music Director of the Detroit, Toronto, Dresden Philharmonic and Berlin Symphony Orchestras. He is also a Professor of Conducting at Yale University. Mr. Herbig is an acclaimed exponent of the Romantic repertoire. He is a prolific recording artist, leading more than 40 commercial releases.

Stanislav Ioudenitch was awarded the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Gold Medal at the Eleventh Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and was also the recipient of a Steven De Groote Memorial Award for the Best Performance of Chamber Music for his semifinal round collaboration with the renowned Takács Quartet. In addition to the medal, he was awarded two years of international concert engagements and career management as well as a compact disc recording of his award-winning Cliburn Competition performances for the harmonia mundi label.

A native of Uzbekistan, Mr. Ioudenitch has performed with the Munich Philharmonic; the Philharmonie der Nationen; and the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C.; among other noted ensembles. His solo recital engagements have taken him to venues throughout the former Soviet Union, as well as to Finland, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain, and the United States.

He has won top prizes in several international piano competitions, including the 1991 Busoni and the 1994 Kapell Competitions, and was the first prize winner at the 1998 Palm Beach Invitational and the 2000 New Orleans International Competitions. A former student of Dmitri Bashkirov, with whom he studied at the Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia in Madrid, he also attended the prestigious International Piano Foundation in Cadenabbia, Italy for two years working with Leon Fleisher, William Grant Naboré, Murray Perahia, Karl Ulrich Schnabel, Fou Ts'ong, and Rosalyn Tureck. He is currently pursuing a doctorate under the direction of Robert Weirich at the University of Missouri in Kansas City, where he resides with his wife and daughter.

Every four years, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition brings together approximately thirty young musicians from around the world to celebrate their gifts and compete for a wide variety of prizes, including generous cash awards and numerous concert engagements. The competition is a rigorous and comprehensive examination of every facet of each contestant's musicianship and technical proficiency. All competitors are heard in recital; twelve semifinalists play new works and performances of chamber music; and six finalists perform two concerti with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and the Fort Worth Chamber Orchestra under the direction of a major international conductor. It is the task of the distinguished jury to ultimately select the medalists.

A documentary of the Eleventh Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, directed by Emmy Award winner Peter Rosen, will premiere on PBS stations across the country on October 17, 2001 at 9:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

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This series is made possible, in part, by funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency, by a continuing subscription from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and major grants from The John Ben Snow Foundation, the Citigroup Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Salomon Smith Barney's parent company Citigroup, and the friends of Geneva Concerts.

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