GENEVA, N.Y.— Hobart and William Smith Colleges will welcome the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra to the Smith Opera House, 82 Seneca St. in Geneva, at 8:15 p.m. on Thursday, November 15. The event is sponsored in conjunction with Geneva Concerts, Inc.
Conductor Kazuyoshi Akiyama and soloists Carey Bell, clarinet, and Kathleen Clawson, mezzo-soprano, will perform “Valses Nobles et Sentimentales” by Ravel, “El Amor Brujo” by Falla, “Rhapsody for Clarinet” by Debussy and “Der Rosenkavalier Suite” by Strauss.
Akiyama has served as music director of the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra since 1968 and is also principal conductor of the Sapporo Symphony. 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.
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, 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. 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.
Because of Hobart and William Smith Colleges' continuing subscription to Geneva Concerts, Inc., students from the Colleges who wish to attend the concert may do so for free with ID; adult tickets are $20.