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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University October 13, 2003 | Vol. 33 No. 7
Beethoven Opens HSO's Season

Clipper Erickson

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 right."

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 orchestras.

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.

For ticket information and more about concerts, go to www.jhu.ed/~jhso.


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