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October 9, 2007
CONTACT: Edie Stern
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Hopkins Symphony Opens 25th Anniversary Season with
"Rhapsody in Blue" and "New World" Symphony

Free concert at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, in Shriver Hall

Music Director Jed Gaylin and the Hopkins Symphony Orchestra open their 25th anniversary season with a free concert featuring Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" with pianist Eric Conway, and Dvorak's "New World" Symphony. The curtain raiser is Weinberger's "Shvanda the Bagpiper." The concert takes place at 8 p.m., on Saturday, Oct. 20, in Shriver Hall Auditorium on the Johns Hopkins University Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St. in Baltimore. Eileen Soskin of the Peabody Institute gives the pre-concert talk at 7 p.m.

The concert is a Free Fall Baltimore event sponsored by Mayor Sheila Dixon and the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts. The concert is free to the public and no tickets are required.

Eric Conway chairs the Fine Arts Department at Morgan State University. He is well-known to Baltimore audiences both as a pianist and as director of the famed Morgan State University Choir.

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 Johns Hopkins University, is the only community orchestra in the city of Baltimore. Each year, the HSO offers four symphonic, 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 also 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 concerts include:

  • the Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 1, Sunday, Nov. 11;
  • Beethoven Symphony No. 9, Saturday, Dec. 1;
  • Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 1, Sunday, Feb. 17;
  • free kids' concert on Saturday, March 8;
  • Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, Sunday, March 9;
  • the winner of the first Hopkins Concerto and Aria Competition, Sunday, April 6;
  • and Copland Symphony No. 3, Sunday, April 27.

  • The orchestra will present the world premieres of new works by Matthew Stofferahn on Dec. 1, and Gaetano Panariello on April 27.

    For information, call 410 516-6542, write to hso@jhu.edu or visit www.jhu.edu/jhso.