Hopkins Symphony Orchestra Music Director Jed Gaylin will conduct the opening concert of his 10th and final season with HSO at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 20, in Shriver Hall, located on Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St. in Baltimore.
After ten years of "great pleasure" leading the orchestra, Gaylin (picutred at right) will step down in July 2003 because of his increasing commitments in Europe and his role as music director of the Bay-Atlantic Symphony, southern New Jersey's premiere professional orchestra. The Bay-Atlantic Symphony was named orchestra-in-residence for the Cape May Music Festival last summer and Gaylin was the festival's principal conductor. Gaylin is also the principal guest conductor of the Sibiu State Philharmonic in Romania.
"Intense discovery is a hallmark of HSO concerts," Gaylin said. "Many of the musicians considered becoming professional musicians, but chose another path. With doctors, astronomers, professors and students in the orchestra, the members' rich background brings tremendous humanity and a special energy to the music we play."
Gaylin is credited with developing HSO's artistry, expanding its performances, increasing student participation, collaborating with important charitable organizations and constructing thoughtful programs that tie in to the intellectual pursuits of a major university. HSO has also showcased many gifted composers and soloists in the dawn of their careers, such as violinist Hilary Hahn and pianist Awadagin Pratt. A guest lecture series and annual children's concerts are also established components of HSO's calendar which were initiated by Gaylin.
"We have been so fortunate to have Jed Gaylin at the helm of the Hopkins Symphony Orchestra for the last decade," said Eric Beatty, the university's director of Homewood Arts Programs. "He has brought the orchestra members to high levels of musicianship and our audiences have grown significantly over these years. We look forward to another year of successful concerts with Jed at the helm and will wish him well as he continues his work with professional orchestras both in the States and abroad."
About his departure, Gaylin said, "As things were heating up this summer with my other commitments, I woke up one morning and realized with some sadness and a lot of pride it was just time to let go of something wonderful and let it find a new course. I have enjoyed every minute of it. To take from Oscar Wilde, it's been a 10-year caprice."
Sunday's program, "Love Potions," will feature Wagner's Tristan and Isolde: Prelude and Liebestod, and Chopin's Concerto No. 2 in F minor, opus 21, with pianist Brian Ganz as a featured soloist. The performance will close with Bizet's Suites Nos. 1 & 2 from L'Arlésienne. There will be a pre-concert lecture at 2 p.m. $9 general admission, $7 senior citizens and students, $7 Johns Hopkins faculty, staff and alumni. For more information, call 410-516-6542.
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