Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Comes to Center for the Arts

Posted: December 5, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

In 1946, one of Britain’s greatest conductors, Sir Thomas Beecham, founded the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to bring the world’s greatest music to the people of his country.

His legacy continues, as the orchestra offers audiences the highest possible standards of music making. Renowned conductor and violinist Pinchas Zukerman will join the RPO for a performance at Mason’s Center for the Arts on Friday, Jan. 11, at 8 p.m.

The program includes Elgar’s Serenade for Strings, Op. 20, Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor (guest conducted by Jean-Philippe Tremblay with a violin solo by Zukerman), Op. 26, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36.

A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, will begin 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III.

Since its formation 60 years ago, the London-based orchestra has been led by a series of distinguished maestros, including Rudolf Kempe, Antal Dorati, André Previn and Vladimir Ashkenazy. The RPO continues to thrive, undertaking a busy concert, touring and recording schedule under the leadership of Daniele Gatti, music director since 1996.

As an international orchestra, the RPO has toured more than 30 countries in the last five years.

The RPO extends its artistic work through a vibrant and innovative community and education program, bringing musicians to projects with young homeless people, youth clubs, probation services, schools and family events to educate and promote live music-making that reflects both the diversity of the individuals involved and the orchestra itself.

Pinchas Zukerman has been recognized as a musical phenomenon for four decades, and his exceptional artistic standards continue to earn him high acclaim from audiences and critics around the globe. Born in Israel, Zukerman began musical training with his father and then studied under famed violinist Isaac Stern before coming to America in 1962 to study at Juillard. Zukerman has served as conductor and soloist with Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra since 1976, and was named the music director of that orchestra in 1998.

Zukerman’s recordings as a solo artist have earned him 21 Grammy nominations and two Grammy Awards for “Best Chamber Music Performance” in 1980, and “Best Classical Performance – International Soloist with Orchestra” in 1981.

French-Canadian conductor and violist Jean-Philippe Tremblay was assistant conductor to Pinchas Zukerman from 2001 to 2003 at the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa. He has conducted numerous orchestras around the world, including the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. In addition, Tremblay has been music director of L’orchestre de la francophonie canadienne since its founding in the summer of 2001. He has recorded extensively and received several awards, including the Joyce Conger Award for the Arts and the Rose Roitman Award.

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