Pianist Olga Kern will perform works of Zwilich, Bartók, and Rachmaninoff with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra.
March 7, 2003 GENEVA, N.Y.—The Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Daniel Hege, will perform Zwilich's “Celebration,” Bartók's “Miraculous Mandarin Suite,” and Rachmaninoff's “Piano Concerto No. 3” at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 23, at the Smith Opera House, 82 Seneca St. in Geneva, courtesy of Geneva Concerts, Inc., and Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Pianist Olga Kern, a 2001 Van Cliburn Gold Medalist, will be featured.
Kern was named a gold medalist of the Eleventh Van Cliburn International Piano Competition on June 10, 2001, the first woman to have achieved this distinction since 1969. In addition to the medal, she was awarded two years of international concert engagements and career management, a compact disc recording of her award-winning Cliburn Competition performances for the harmonia mundi label. The recipient of an honorary scholarship from the President of Russia in 1996, she is a regular soloist with the Moscow State Symphony and has also appeared with the Moscow Philharmonic, Russian National, China Symphony, Belgrade Philharmonic, Torino Symphony, and Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestras.
Hege is widely recognized as one of America’s finest young conductors, earning critical acclaim for his fresh interpretations of standard repertoire and for his commitment to creative programming. Named music director of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra in April 1999, Hege is also music director of the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra. In June 2001, he finished a six-year tenure with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, where he was assistant, associate, and resident conductor. Hege made headlines in 1990, when he won a national conducting competition and became music director of the Young Musicians Foundation (YMF) Debut Orchestra in Los Angeles. He also served as principal conductor of Disney’s Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra, where he worked with Henry Mancini, John Williams, Branford Marsalis, Doc Severinsen, and Dudley Moore.
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 and children's tickets are $10.