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November 14, 2007
CONTACT: Edie Stern
Cell: 410-913-0745

HSO Celebrates 25th:
A World Premiere and Beethoven's 9th

Hopkins Symphony concert at 8 p.m. on
Saturday, Dec. 1, in Shriver Hall

Music director Jed Gaylin and the Hopkins Symphony Orchestra celebrate the orchestra's 25th anniversary with the world premiere of Matthew Stofferahn's Synkinetic and Beethoven's towering Symphony No. 9 (Choral). The concert takes place at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, 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.

Soloists in the fourth movement of the Beethoven, the "Ode to Joy," will be soprano Lori Hultgren, mezzo-soprano Fenlon Lamb, tenor Richard Crawley and bass Robert Cantrell. They will be joined by the Johns Hopkins Choral Society, Goucher Chorus and Baltimore Masterworks Chorale.

Composer Matthew Stofferahn was a trombonist in the HSO until he graduated from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in May. He was awarded the university's 2007 Louis Sudler Prize in the Arts. Stofferahn is now a resident physician in Christiana, Del.

Jed Gaylin, now in his 15th season as HSO music director, also directs the Bay-Atlantic Symphony and the Cape May Music Festival, both in New Jersey. He has just been named 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. 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 25th anniversary season concerts include:

  • Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 1, Sunday, Feb. 17 (free concert)
  • free kids' concert on Saturday, March 8
  • Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, Sunday, March 9
  • the winner of the first Johns Hopkins Concerto and Aria Competition, Sunday, April 6
  • Copland Symphony No. 3, Sunday, April 27

  • The orchestra will present another world premiere on Sunday, April 27: Gaetano Panariello's triple concerto for oboe, bassoon, and piano.

    Admission to the Dec. 1 concert is free for Johns Hopkins University and Goucher College 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 http://www.jhu.edu/jhso. High resolution digital photos are available upon request to hso@jhu.edu.