The Peninsula Symphony Orchestra Opens 65th Season Featuring Soloist John O'Conor, 10/25
The Peninsula Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Mitchell Sardou Klein will open the venerated and innovative ensemble's 65th season with a pair of concerts in San Bruno and Cupertino featuring the return of popular soloist John O'Conor (performing both the Grieg Piano Concerto and Beethoven's Choral Fantasy), the Masterworks Chorale and music by Brahms, Handel, and Walton. The program will be given Friday, October 25, at 8 pm at the beautiful new Capuchino High School Auditorium in San Bruno. For information, visit www.peninsulasymphony.org .
PENINSULA SYMPHONY 2013-14 SEASON OPENING
Mitchell Sardou Klein, Music Director and Conductor
Friday, October 25, 2013 at 8 p.m., Capuchino High School Auditorium, 1501 Magnolia Avenue, San Bruno [EDITOR NOTE: change from originally announced venue]
Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 8 p.m., Flint Center/DeAnza College, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino
John O'Conor, piano
Masterworks Chorale, Bryan Baker, Artistic Director
Brahms: Academic Festival Overture; Grieg: Piano Concerto; Walton: Crown Imperial; Handel: Zadok the Priest; Beethoven: Choral Fantasy
Tickets are priced $10-$40 and may be purchased at www.peninsulasymphony.org, or by calling the Symphony office at (650) 941-5291.
ABOUT JOHN O'CONOR
Irish pianist John O'Conor has earned a worldwide reputation as a masterful interpreter of the Classic and early-Romantic repertoires. Following initial studies in his native Dublin he studied in Vienna with the renowned pedagogue Dieter Weber, won First Prize at the Beethoven International Piano Competition in Vienna in 1973 and made a special study of Beethoven with the legendary German pianist Wilhelm Kempff. Since then he has toured the world in recital and concerto appearances and makes regular visits to Europe, the USA, Japan, Korea and China.
His recordings on the Telarc label have brought him particular renown. CD Review described his box set of the complete Beethoven Sonatas as "Beethoven playing at its best"; the New York Times named his recording of the Beethoven Bagatelles as the best available; his recording of the John Field Nocturnes spent many weeks on the Billboard charts and his recently released recordings of the complete Beethoven Piano Concertos with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andreas Delfs have been greeted with great acclaim.
For his services to music he has been decorated with "l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres" by the French Government, the "Ehrenkreuz fur Wissenschaft und Kunst" by the Austrian Government, the Order of the Rising Sun by the Japanese Government and has received many other awards.
ABOUT PENINSULA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Peninsula Symphony Orchestra began in 1949, when two distinct musical ensembles--the Sequoia Symphony & the Peninsula Symphony--and one conductor, Russian-born violinist/conductor Aaron Sten, joined forces. In 1951, under Vincent Guida, symphony clarinetist and business manager, the organization was incorporated as a non-profit association, and a formal board was chosen. With the arrival of current conductor Mitchell Sardou Klein, the Peninsula Symphony grew from a grassroots ensemble to a polished 90-plus member orchestra of well-trained community musicians. The Peninsula Youth Orchestra was established in the spring of 1997, with Mitchell Sardou Klein serving as the Music Director. Today, Peninsula Symphony Orchestra works to enrich the lives of people in the community with inspiring, innovative, high-quality musical presentations at affordable prices, and to promote music education through engaging programs for children and adults.
About Mitchell Sardou Klein
Mitchell Sardou Klein, whose performances on four continents have garnered wide acclaim, enters his 29th season as Music Director and Conductor of the Peninsula Symphony and his 17th season as founding Music Director of the Peninsula Youth Orchestra. He regularly guest conducts orchestras in California, throughout the United States, and in Europe.