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April 21, 2008
CONTACT: Edie Stern
410-516-6542, Cell 410-913-0745

Hopkins Symphony:
Copland Symphony No. 3 and World Premiere

Humorous Triple Concerto Closes
25th Anniversary Season

The Hopkins Symphony Orchestra, led by music director Jed Gaylin, will end its 25th anniversary season with Aaron Copland's Symphony No. 3 and the world premiere of Gaetano Panariello's Triple Concerto: Omaggio all'opera buffa. The concerto will be performed by the Poulenc Trio: Vladimir Lande, oboe; Bryan Young, bassoon; and Irina Lande, piano. The concert will take place at 3 p.m., on Sunday, April 27, in Shriver Hall on The Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St. in Baltimore. A pre-concert talk with Panariello and musicologist Max Derrickson will begin at 2 p.m.

The charmingly tuneful new work is an homage to 18th Century Italian comic opera. Each movement features one of the soloists in an operatic role. The bassoonist is a "comic basso," perhaps a resourceful servant or a gullible old man. The pianist is a daydreamy young woman of good family who awaits her Prince Charming. The oboist portrays the cunning tenor, the Pulcinella. The Poulenc Trio commissioned the new work, which is dedicated to them.

Gaetano Panariello, director of the Conservatory of Avellino, Italy, is a prolific composer of musical theater for youth, as well as ballet, oratorio and opera. He will travel to Baltimore to attend the premiere.

The Poulenc Trio, which performs nationally and internationally, recently concluded a Russian tour with violinist Hilary Hahn. The trio commissions many new works for its unusual combination of oboe, bassoon and piano.

Many consider Aaron Copland's third symphony to be the quintessential American symphony. This massive work, composed in 1946, features the beloved "Fanfare for the Common Man."

Now in his 15th season as Hopkins Symphony Orchestra music director, Jed Gaylin also directs the Bay-Atlantic Symphony and the Cape May Music Festival, both in New Jersey. He has recently 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 city. Each year, the HSO offers four symphonic and three chamber concerts, and a special free 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.

Admission to the April 27 concert is free for Johns Hopkins University students. Tickets are $8 for other students, seniors (60+), and Johns Hopkins staff, faculty, and alumni. General admission is $10. Visitor parking is available for $5 in the South Garage, 3101 Wyman Park Drive, Baltimore, Md. 21211.

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.