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1996-1997 MUSIC AT HAMILTON ARTISTS SERIES

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Posted August 14, 1996
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-Under the direction of Grover Mitchell, the world-famous Count Basie Orchestra will kick off the five-part 1996-97 Music at Hamilton Artists Series with an 8 p.m. concert on Saturday, Sept. 7, in Wellin Hall of the Schambach Center for Music and the Performing Arts.

Additional concerts in the series include performances by the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orion String Quartet, pianist Mykola Suk and the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra.

Subscriptions to the five-part series are $40 for the general public and $10 for students.

Individual tickets may be purchased for $15, or $5 for students.

Featured with Mitchell and The Count Basie Orchestra will be great jazz vocalist Joe Williams. A regular soloist with the orchestra from 1954 to 1961, Williams left the band with Basie's blessings to become a solo performer. He has had many rich experiences since then--more than 30 albums, television, movies, countless awards, Honorary Doctorate of Music degrees and several appearances with symphony orchestras. Along with Williams, Mitchell's distinguished career reads like a Who's Who in jazz. He played with some of the greatest orchestras in the world, including Lionel Hampton, Duke Ellington and The Count Basie Orchestra. Lead trombone for Basie for 22 years. Mitchell left when his good friend died in 1984. For the next 11 years, he led his own orchestra, recorded five albums and also performed as a studio musician under Quincy Jones, Henry Mancini and Nelson Riddle. In 1995, Mitchell returned to assume leadership of The Count Basie Orchestra.

Under the direction of Robert Bernhardt, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra will perform John Harbison's Remembering Gatsby, Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante, K. 364 and Dmitri Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5. Sisters Ani and Ida Kavafian will accompany the orchestra on the violin and viola, respectively. Born in Istanbul of Armenian parentage and raised in the U.S., the Kavafian's enjoy distinguished solo careers across North America and abroad. Each artist has a distinctive, highly individual style, yet as a duo they are a stellar match possessing a powerful musical presence. The performance will be held on Friday, Sept. 20, at 8 p.m.

The Orion String Quartet, which has gained international recognition as one of the most eloquent and dynamic quartets performing today, will perform at Hamilton on Saturday, Oct. 12, at 8 p.m. Violinists Daniel and Todd Phillips, violist Steven Tenenbom and cellist Timothy Eddy, each with distinguished careers of their own, have "come together in a configuration of particular sensitivity and bravado," according to The New York Times. The Orion String Quartet was recently named the Quartet-in-Residence of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. In recent seasons, the group has performed throughout North America and abroad, including Washington D.C.'s Kennedy Center and the La Jolla Summerfest.

Pianist Mykola Suk, who has gained international recognition as the winner of the First Prize and Gold Medal at the 1971 International Liszt-Bartó k Competition in Budapest, will perform on Friday, Nov. 22, at 8 p.m. Suk has appeared to great acclaim as both soloist and chamber musician on the major concert stages throughout the former Soviet Union, in Europe and in the Middle East. Consistently critics have applauded the combination of controlled power and elegant, delicate tone-coloring that his performances demonstrate.

The music series concludes with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, Feb. 9, at 3 p.m. The orchestra, under the direction of Fabio Mechetti, will perform Franz Schubert's Symphony No. 4 in C minor, D. 417 (The Tragic Symphony) and Richard Strauss' Also Sprach Zarathustra. One of 30 major symphony orchestras in the U.S. and Canada, the Syracuse Symphony boasts an impressive record of artistic growth, innovation and vigor. It was formed in 1961 as a small semi-professional orchestra and designated a Major Symphony Orchestra by the American Symphony Orchestra League in 1976. After an overwhelmingly successful debut performance at New York's Carnegie Hall, Bill Zakariasen of The New York Daily News wrote that this was an orchestra "...any city, regardless of size, would be proud to own and support."

Subscription series and individual ticket order forms may be obtained by calling 859-4331. All concerts will be held in Wellin Hall of the Schambach Center for Music and the Performing Arts.

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