RICE'S SHEPHERD SCHOOL SYMPHONY MAKES CARNEGIE HALL DEBUT FEB 18 WITH CHO-LIANG LIN IN ROUSE'S VIOLIN CONCERTO; PERFORMS IN BALTIMORE WITH JON KIMURA PARKER, LARRY RACHLEFF CONDUCTING
In February 2014, Rice University’s Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra will embark on its first East Coast tour, which includes the ensemble’s Carnegie Hall debut on February 18. The Carnegie program will feature Christopher Rouse’s Violin Concerto with soloist Cho-Liang Lin, who is Professor of Violin at the Shepherd School. Lin premiered the Rouse concerto – dedicated to him by the composer – at the Aspen Festival in 1992, and Musical America named Lin Instrumentalist of the Year in 2000. Tickets for this event go on sale today (Mon, Nov 18). The tour itinerary also features a stop at Baltimore’s Meyerhoff Symphony Hall on February 15, with that concert’s program including Rachmaninoff’s ever-popular Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with soloist Jon Kimura Parker, who is Professor of Piano at the Shepherd School and has been praised by the Houston Chronicle for his “artful” and “impassioned” playing. Both the Baltimore and Carnegie programs will include Berlioz’s Le corsaire overture and Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra, with Larry Rachleff conducting. As the Shepherd School’s Director of Orchestras and Walter Kris Hubert Professor of Music, Rachleff has built one of the nation’s pre-eminent orchestral programs. Prior to going on tour, the Shepherd School Symphony will perform both tour programs at the ensemble’s home hall in Houston, on February 8 and 13.
LEAD GIFT SECURES NEW OPERA THEATRE FOR RICE
A generous commitment from an anonymous Shepherd School donor was among the final gifts that pushed Rice University’s Centennial Campaign above its $1 billion goal. The gift has been designated for a new building which will house a state-of-the-art proscenium-style opera theatre as well as the appropriate ancillary music spaces such as faculty studios, rehearsal and practice rooms.
SHEPHERD SCHOOL EAST COAST TOUR TO INCLUDE MEYERHOFF, CARNEGIE HALLS
Rice University's Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra will embark on an East Coast tour in February 2014 culminating in debut performances at Baltimore’s Meyerhoff Symphony Hall Feb. 15 and New York’s Carnegie Hall Feb. 18.