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Piano Woman, Play Me a Tune

Come see the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra featuring award winning pianist Olga Kern
(March 18, 2005) 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 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 3. A pre-concert chat will begin at 2 p.m. The event is sponsored in conjunction with Geneva Concerts, Inc.

Conducted by Daniel Hege, the orchestra will be joined by pianist Olga Kern to perform “The Unanswered Question” by Charles Ives, “Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18” by Sergei Rachmaninoff and “Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74, 'Pathétique'” by Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

Kern was named a gold medalist of the 11th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition on June 10, 2001, the first woman to have achieved this distinction since 1969. She is a laureate of several international competitions, including the Hamamatsu, Ciani, and China Competitions, and has toured throughout her native Russia, Europe, and the U.S., as well as Japan, South Africa, and South Korea. 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. This will be her second visit to Geneva.

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 other student tickets are $10 with ID.

Tickets for individual performances may be purchased at the following locations: The Smith Opera House and Martin Music in Geneva, The Copy Shop in Seneca Falls, or Mobile Music in Canandaigua. For more information, call Geneva Concerts at (315) 789-7716 or visit www.genevaconcerts.org.