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November 24, 2008
CONTACT: Edie Stern
Cell: 410-913-0745

HSO All-Russian Program Features Pianist Brian Ganz
Hopkins Symphony concert at 8 p.m. on
Saturday, Dec. 6, in Shriver Hall

Music director Jed Gaylin and the Hopkins Symphony Orchestra present a program of Russian masterpieces: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5, the "Gopak" from Modest Mussorgsky's The Fair at Sorochinsk, and Sergei Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, with guest pianist Brian Ganz. The concert takes place at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6, in Shriver Hall Auditorium on the Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St. in Baltimore. Jonathan Palevsky, program director of WBJC-FM, gives the pre-concert talk at 7 p.m.

Brian Ganz is widely regarded as one of the leading pianists of his generation. A graduate of the Peabody Conservatory, he won a First Grand Prize in the Marguerite Long Jacques Thibaud International Piano Competition and a third prize in the Queen Elisabeth of Belgium International Piano Competition. Between performances all over the world, he makes his home in Maryland.

Jed Gaylin, now in his 16th season as HSO music director, also directs the Bay-Atlantic Symphony and the Cape May Music Festival, both in New Jersey. He is principal guest conductor of the National Film and Radio Philharmonic in Beijing.

The Hopkins Symphony Orchestra, a program of the Johns Hopkins University, is the only community orchestra in Baltimore City. Each year, the HSO offers four symphonic and three chamber concerts, and a special children's concert. HSO members are Johns Hopkins students, alumni, faculty and staff, as well as talented Baltimore-Washington area musicians.

HSO programs are supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of Maryland and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Featured works in later 2008-09 season concerts include:

> Grieg's Holberg Suite, Piazzolla's Melody in A Minor, and Britten's Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings, Sunday, Feb. 15

> free kids' concert on Saturday, Feb. 28

> Nkeiru Okoye's Songs from Harriet Tubman, with soprano Kishna Davis, Sunday, March 1

> the winner of the 2008-09 Johns Hopkins Concerto Competition, Saturday, April 4

> Brahms's Symphony No. 4 and Sanchez-Gutierrez's Ex Machina for Piano, Marimba, and Symphony Orchestra, Sunday, April 26

Admission to the Dec. 6 concert is free for Johns Hopkins University students. Tickets are $8 for other students, seniors (60+), and Johns Hopkins affiliates. General admission is $10.

For information about all HSO programs, call 410-516- 6542, write to hso@jhu.edu, or visit www.jhu.edu/jhso. High resolution digital photos are available upon request to hso@jhu.edu.

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> Johns Hopkins Symphony Orchestra