The Hopkins Symphony
Orchestra will open its 2003-2004 season with All
Beethoven, All the Time, featuring guest pianist Clipper
Erickson, at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18, in Shriver Hall
on the Homewood campus.
Music director Jed Gaylin will lead the orchestra of
students, faculty and staff and Baltimore-area residents
through a program of well-known Beethoven pieces: Leonore
Overture No. 3, Piano Concerto No. 5 (Emperor) and Symphony
No. 8. A free pre-concert lecture by Max Derrickson will
begin at 7 p.m.
"With Leonore 3, Beethoven inadvertently invented a
whole new genre, the concert overture," Gaylin said. "The
Emperor concerto manages to be both grandiose and earthy,
with a stunningly intimate middle movement. The Eighth
Symphony is a compact gem, less an homage to older
classical styles than a disguised revolution in its own
Clipper Erickson began his performing career at 19,
when he won the Young Musicians Foundation Competition in
Los Angeles. He attended the Juilliard School of Music and
earned degrees from both Indiana University and Yale, where
he was named the most promising graduate student in music.
He was awarded top prizes in the Busoni and William Kapell
competitions and was a semifinalist in the Tchaikovsky
Competition in Moscow. He has appeared both nationally and
internationally in recital and as soloist with symphony
Upcoming performances by the Hopkins Symphony
Orchestra include "Sorcerer's Solstice" on Dec. 6; a free
family concert on March 6; "Let's Play!" on March 7; and
"Open Spaces" on April 17. The orchestra also sponsors
three chamber music concerts each year.
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