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February 27, 2008
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Hopkins Symphony Free Kids' Concert: Fireworks & Swordplay
Saturday, March 8, at 1 p.m. in Shriver Hall

The Hopkins Symphony Orchestra's 16th Annual Free Concert for Children and Families, Fireworks & Swordplay, features thrilling music from Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto and Prokofiev's ballet Romeo and Juliet.

Jed Gaylin

Hopkins Symphony Music Director Jed Gaylin will conduct the one-hour program, with solo violinist Kai Gleusteen. After the concert, the whole audience is invited onstage to meet the musicians and see their instruments up close.

Part of the Hopkins Symphony's 25th anniversary celebration, the concert takes place on Saturday, March 8, at 1 p.m. in Shriver Hall on the Johns Hopkins University Homewood Campus at 3400 N. Charles St. in Baltimore.

The concert is free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations are needed. Parking in the new underground campus garage close to Shriver Hall costs $5.

The concert is supported by grants from Mayor Sheila Dixon and the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts and from the Maryland State Arts Council.

HSO Kids Concert

A grown-ups' version of the concert will be given in Shriver Hall on Sunday, March 9, at 3 p.m., with a 2 p.m. talk by Gaylin and Baltimore Shakespeare Festival Artistic Director James Kinstle. Gleusteen will play the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto and the orchestra will play the combined Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet suites.

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 recently been named principal guest conductor of the National Film and Radio Philharmonic in Beijing.

Kai Gleusteen

Canadian violinist Kai Gleusteen is concertmaster of the Orchestra del Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Spain, and creator of his own chamber orchestra, the Kaimerata. A favorite with Hopkins Symphony audiences, he is making his second appearance in three years.

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.

The Hopkins Symphony will close its 25th anniversary season with two concerts in April:

> Sunday, April 6, at 7:30 p.m., Shriver Hall: Performance by student concerto competition winners: Katie FitzGibbon plays Weber's Bassoon Concerto. Ji Hea Hwang plays Saint-Saëns' Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor. Vladimir Lande conducts.

> Sunday, April 27, at 3 p.m., Shriver Hall: Copland's Symphony No. 3, and the world premiere of Gaetano Panariello's Triple Concerto: Omaggio all'opera buffa, composed for and performed by the Poulenc Trio: Vladimir Lande, oboe; Bryan Young, bassoon; Irina Lande, piano. Jed Gaylin conducts. Pre-concert talk at 2 pm. The composer will attend.

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

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