Peter Serkin's rich musical heritage extends back
several generations: his grandfather was violinist and composer Adolf
Busch, and his father pianist Rudolf Serkin. In 1958, at age eleven, he
entered the Curtis Institute of Music where he was a student of Lee Luvisi,
Mieczyslaw Horszowski, and Rudolf Serkin. He later continued his studies
with Ernst Oster, Marcel Moyse, and Karl Ulrich Schnabel.
In 1959, Peter Serkin made his Marlboro Music Festival and New York City debuts with conductor Alexander Schneider and was subsequently engaged for concerto performances with Eugene Ormandy and George Szell. Serkin has since performed with the world's major symphony orchestras and played chamber music with Alexander Schneider, Pamela Frank, Yo-Yo Ma, the Budapest String Quartet, Guarneri String Quartet, Orion String Quartet and TASHI, of which he was a founding member. He was honored as the first pianist to receive the Premio Internazionale Musicale Chigiana in recognition of his outstanding artistic achievement.
During the 2002-2003 season, Peter Serkin plays recitals in the U.S. and Europe including performances in Prague, London, Vienna, Basel, Freiburg, Kiel and New York's Carnegie Hall. Orchestral appearances include the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Arts Centre Orchestra of Ottawa, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Kansas City Symphony. Over the next two years, Mr. Serkin will perform the complete Bach Piano Concertos in two programs with Jaime Laredo and the Brandenburg Ensemble. Performances this season include Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Newark, Princeton and West Palm Beach. He also performs music by Stefan Wolpe with violinist Daniel Phillips, and features Wolpe's Passacaglia in his solo recitals, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the composer's birth. He plays the Brahms Piano Quintet with the Orion String Quartet at Caramoor and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. In 2001-2002, Mr. Serkin focused on the music of Arnold Schoenberg through performances in both Berlin and New York of his piano concerto, complete solo piano works and complete chamber works with piano.Now in his fifth season as Music Director of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Hege is widely recognized as one of America's finest young conductors. He has earned critical acclaim for his fresh interpretations of standard repertoire and is recognized for his commitment to creative programming. His previous positions include Music Director of the Haddonfield Symphony (New Jersey), Associate Conductor of the Kansas City Symphony, Music Director of the Encore Chamber Orchestra in Chicago and Music Director of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, where he was twice honored by the American Symphony Orchestra League for innovative programming. In June 2001, he finished a five-year tenure with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, where he held the titles of Assistant, Associate and Resident Conductor and led the orchestra in subscription, family and run-out concerts.
Recent guest conducting engagements include appearances with the Houston, Seattle, Oregon, Colorado and Charlotte symphonies, the Rochester Philharmonic, and Louisiana Philharmonic, and the Aspen Music Festival. He has also made two recordings: a disc with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Morgan State University Choir featuring works by Adolphus Hailstork, and his first CD with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra featuring works by Verdi, Barber, Debussy, Respighi and James Johnson.
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Ballet Jörgen is the only Canadian ballet company with a repertoire
consisting exclusively of original works that currently include; their
internationally acclaimed full-length version of Romeo & Juliet (performed in Geneva
and this season's presentation, the full-length international
co-production with the Hong Kong Ballet,
their Mixed Program that celebrates the creative
brilliance of some of Canada's finest choreographers, and their
much adored children's ballet The Velveteen Rabbit which will be performed in Geneva
as a school-time performance.
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More information on Coppélia is available from allclassical.com.
Later in the day, a master class with company director Bengt Jörgen will take place at Hobart and William Smith Colleges for students in the Department of Dance.
have been underwritten by a major grant from an anonymous donor
with additional grants and in kind support from
Wegmans, the Smith Opera House,
the Department of Dance at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and the
contributions of the supporters of Geneva Concerts. Thanks!
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Members of Burning River Brass have appeared with The Cleveland Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Pittsburgh Symphony. They can be heard on movie soundtracks, commercial recordings, television, and radio. Burning River Brass has performed throughout the United States including concerts in Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Florida. They have two CDs on the Dorian label with another in the works.
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A performance by Burning River Brass at the Geneva Middle School and master classes at Geneva High School have been underwritten by a major grant from an anonymous donor with additional grants and in kind support from Wegmans and the contributions of the supporters of Geneva Concerts. Thanks!