The Smith Center for the Arts has announced the 2010-2011 Geneva Concerts season lineup that kicks off on Friday. Made possible by grant money from the New York State Council on the Arts, Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour, the Williams family, the Wyckoff family, and Hobart and William Smith Colleges, the concert series is free for Hobart and William Smith students.
Friday, Sept. 10, marks the beginning of the season with a show from the internationally renowned Koresh Dance Company. Originating in Philadelphia, Koresh began in 1991 as a collaboration between choreographer and artistic director Ronen Koresh and his brother, executive director Alan Koresh, both native Israelis. The dance company has toured in dozens of different countries and comes to Geneva to perform their new work titled “evolution,” which draws on culture and experience as reservoirs for expression.
On Thursday, Oct. 7, the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra returns to the Smith Center for the Arts. Led by conductor Daniele Hege and famed South Korean pianist Yeol Eum Son, the orchestra is scheduled to perform Stravinsky’s “Scherzo a la Russe,” Mozart’s “Piano Concerto No. 21,” Prokofiev’s “Classical Symphony,” and R. Strauss’ “Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks.” Son has performed with numerous orchestras worldwide including the New York Philharmonic. Hege is recognized as one of America’s top up-and-coming conductors and has previously conducted, among others, the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra.
On Friday, Nov. 19, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra will perform Rachmaninoff’s “Piano Concerto No. 2” and Sibelius’s “Symphony No. 1.” Pianist Olga Kern will perform at the Smith for the third time, with Christopher Seaman conducting. Kern has won the Gold Medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, played Carnegie Hall and with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London. Seaman has conducted orchestras on five continents and has received an ASCAP award.
Finishing off the orchestral triumvirate will be the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra on Friday, March 6, performing Bernstein’s “Overture to Candide,” Tchaikovsky’s “Violin Concerto,” and Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade.” Featuring two-time Grammy Award nominated violinist Philippe Quint and conductor Martin Panteleev, who also has conducted for the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra and Netherlands Symphony Orchestra.
Concluding the concert calendar is a performance of the Gilbert and Sullivan comedic opera “The Pirates of Penzance.” To be performed in the format of the 1879 original that took place in the Fifth Avenue Theater of New York City, the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players led by Albert Begeret know how to keep an audience entertained and the material relevant. Initially started as a street theater group, the Gilbert and Sullivan Players have become a well-respected repertory company.
All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. The Smith Center for the Arts is located at 82 Seneca St., Geneva. For more information, visit the concert calendar online at www.genevaconcerts.org
The photo above is of the Koresh Dance Company.