Hamilton College Performing Arts will conclude the Classical Connections Series with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra (SSO) on Sunday, Feb. 27, at 3 p.m., at Wellin Hall in the Schambach Center for Music and the Performing Arts.
Led by guest conductor Kazuyoshi Akiyama, the SSO will perform Steve Reich’s Music for Pieces of Wood and Jean Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2. The concert will also feature the premiere percussion group Nexus performing “From me flows what you call time,” which was written for the group by Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu.
Kazuyoshi Akiyama was recently named conductor laureate of the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra after serving as music director for nearly 40 years. He is also music director of the Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra, and principal conductor and music advisor of the Kyushu Symphony Orchestra.
Nexus is a Toronto-based percussion ensemble made up of percussionists Bob Becker, Bill Cahn, Russell Hartenberger and Garry Kvistad.
The SSO quickly evolved from its beginning in 1961 as a community orchestra into a fully professional resident orchestra serving the entire Central and Northern New York State region. Today an ensemble of national acclaim, the SSO boasts 80 musicians and a conducting staff of international caliber, and performs 184 full-orchestra and chamber ensemble concerts throughout Central and Northern New York, reaching more than 225,000 audience members during its 39-week season.
Tickets for this event are $20 for adults, $15 for senior citizens and $5 for students. For information or tickets call the box office at 859-4331 or visit www.hamiltonpa.org.