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HAMILTON ANNOUNCES 1997-98 MUSIC SERIES <

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Posted August 13, 1997
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The sound of the 1940s returns to Central New York when the fabulous Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra opens the 1997-1998 Music at Hamilton Artists Series at Hamilton College.

The orchestral performance, under the direction of Jim Miller, will take place on Saturday, Sept. 27, at 8 p.m. in Wellin Hall of the Schambach Center for Music and the Performing Arts.

Other performances in the five-part series include: The American Brass Quintet, Saturday, Nov. 1; The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble, Friday, Nov. 21; The Haffner Trio, Friday, Feb. 13; and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Friday, April 3.

Series subscriptions are $40 for the general public and $10 for students. Individual performance tickets are $15 and $5 for students. All performances will take place in Wellin Hall. For more information call 859-4350.

Jimmy Dorsey, considered one of the greatest clarinet and alto saxophone players of his day, led the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra for over 22 years. His greatest hit, So Rare was the last instrumental hit by any artist and received a Gold Record two days before his death in 1957. The orchestra continued under the leadership of trumpeter Lee Castle for the next 33 years, and in 1990 Jim Miller took over.

Called "a trombonist's trombonist," Miller's career spans over 40 years with some of the country's greatest big bands, including the Glenn Miller/Tex Beneke Orchestra and the Guy Lombardo Orchestra. He played in and led Navy bands before audiences that included five U.S. presidents. Vocalist Nancy Knorr joins the orchestra, recreating 1940s vocal elegance. Knorr, the former lead vocalist of the Pied Pipers, has performed with leading orchestras including Warren Covington, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Tex Beneke, and Symphony Pops Orchestras. She was a featured singer on PBS' Those Fabulous Forties.

The American Brass Quintet, now in its 37th year, is the longest continuously performing brass quintet in North America. Unwavering in its devotion to brass chamber music, the quintet has performed at major music festivals nationally and internationally, and is the only brass quintet ever presented on PBS' Live from Lincoln Center.

With the recent release of their 42nd recording, the American Brass Quintet has added even more repertoire to the largest body of serious brass chamber music ever recorded by one ensemble. Current

quintet members include Raymond Mase and Chris Gekker, trumpets; David Wakefield, horn; Michael Powell, tenor-trombone; and John D. Rojak, bass-trombone. The quintet has been the ensemble-in-residence at the Julliard School since 1987 and the Aspen Music Festival for over 25 years.

The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble was formed by Lord Neville Marriner in 1959. Originally conceived as a small, conductorless string ensemble that would reflect the performance practice of the Baroque era, early performances took place at the 18th-century church of St. Martin in the Fields on Trafalgar Square. Today, the group's versatile musicians perform at home and abroad as a small ensemble, chamber orchestra or symphony orchestra.

Under the artistic direction of Kenneth Sillito, The Academy Chamber Ensemble has garnered international acclaim for its superlative performances and recordings. Sillito is a former concertmaster of the English Chamber Orchestra and an affiliated member of the Royal Academy of Music. The performance at Hamilton will feature a string octet performing works of Brahms, Shostakovich and Mendelssohn.

Three well-established musicians, violinist Esther Haffner, cellist Rudolf Leopold and pianist Theresa Turner-Jones, formed the Haffner Trio in Vienna, Austria, in 1992. Haffner, a native of Budapest, is the winner of numerous international competitions and has appeared as a concert soloist in music festivals throughout the world. Born in Vienna, Leopold performed with the Franz-Schubert Quartet for nine years. He now performs with the Vienna String Sextet and solos throughout Europe, the U.S. and Japan. A pianist from St. Louis, Turner-Jones has won several international competitions and has recorded and toured throughout the U.S., Japan and Europe. She is an instructor of chamber music at the Vienna Academy of Music. The trio is dedicated to performing in the Austrian musical tradition and the Viennese sound and style. It is named for Sigmund Haffner, Esther Haffner's famous ancestor who commissioned Mozart's 35th Symphony, The Haffner.

The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra's performance will include works by Haydn, Hansen, Tomasi and Dvorak. Under the direction of guest conductor Gerhardt Zimmermann, the program will highlight the artistry of Doug Prosser, the orchestra's principal trumpeter, and Mark Kellogg, the associate principal trombonist. Zimmermann spent four years as the assistant conductor of the St. Louis Symphony. Since that time, he has conducted leading orchestras nationally and internationally, including the Cleveland Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the American Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony, the Orchestre Symphonique Français and the Warsaw Philharmonic.

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