Concert rescheduled for
Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 4pm
Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, MN
For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Jennifer Bagdade
Tel: (651) 247-1086
CLASSICAL MUSIC GREATS TO CELEBRATE
MAESTRO STANISŁAW SKROWACZEWSKI
AT 90TH BIRTHDAY CONCERT
Skrowaczewski to Compose for and Conduct at February 23 Event
ST. PAUL, Minn. – (Jan. 9, 2014 - updated Jan. 21, 2014) – Marking the only formal birthday celebration worldwide for Minnesota’s beloved Maestro Stanisław Skrowaczewski, the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota (CMSM) presents Happy 90th Maestro Stan! This once-in-a-lifetime concert features world-renowned musicians and original compositions to honor the Maestro on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014 at 4 p.m. at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Eminent conductor-composer Skrowaczewski will conduct the world premiere of his newest composition for cellist Lynn Harrell and chamber ensemble. The program includes works composed in honor of the Maestro’s birthday by John Harbison, Paul Schoenfield, Gunther Schuller (who will conduct his tribute piece) and Steven Stucky. Harbison’s piece will feature text from writings by the Maestro, narrated by Joe Dowling, artistic director of the Guthrie Theater. Also included will be a rarely heard rendition of “Happy Birthday” composed by Karel Husa.
The concert will also feature Skrowaczewski’s own arrangement of Bruckner’s Adagio from String Quintet in F major, and his Fantasie per Sei and Symphony for Strings. Maestro Skrowaczewski will conduct a string orchestra of leading musicians from the Minnesota Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and other outstanding organizations. Former Minnesota Orchestra concertmaster Jorja Fleezanis will serve as concertmaster for the string orchestra.
“The Chamber Music Society of Minnesota is deeply honored to host this celebration of one of the world’s truly great artists,” said Young-Nam Kim, CMSM artistic director. “The quality of his music-making and artistic integrity are extremely rare in the world today.”
“At age 90, Maestro Skrowaczewski is the only such conductor-composer of his generation still active internationally in both fields,” notes Frederick Harris, Jr., author of Skrowaczewski’s biography Seeking the Infinite. “He is a unique musical treasure who has contributed internationally to classical music for nearly 70 years.”
“Mr. Skrowaczewski's own great prowess as a composer has given him a special insight into the music of his colleagues,” Pulitzer Prize-winning composer George Crumb explained recently. “His dual artistic nature calls to mind the great composer and conductor Gustav Mahler.”
The Chamber Music Society of Minnesota proudly presents this celebration concert with media partner Classical Minnesota Public Radio, including KSJN 99.5 FM in the Twin Cities. Tickets ($25/$20/$15) are available at www.chambermusicmn.org or (651) 450-0527.
Biographies of Concert Participants:
Maestro Stanisław Skrowaczewski
Stanisław Skrowaczewski is currently Conductor Laureate of the Minnesota Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie and Honorary Conductor Laureate of the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra. He has served as music director for six orchestras over his distinguished career, including the Minnesota Orchestra (1960-1979) and the Hallé Orchestra. Maestro Skrowaczewski has guest conducted every major orchestra worldwide. An award-winning and highly respected composer, his music has been performed by the world’s leading artistic organizations for over 50 years. During the 2013-2014 season he conducts in Japan, Germany, Poland, the United States and England.
On his 90th birthday—Oct. 3, 2013— OehmsClassics released Stanisław Skrowaczewski: The Complete OehmsClassics recordings, 90th Birthday Collection. The 28-CD box set includes complete symphonies of Beethoven, Brahms, Bruckner, and Schumann, the two Chopin piano concerti, and music of Bartók, Berlioz and Skrowaczewski.
Chamber Music Society of Minnesota
Since its founding nearly 20 years ago, the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota (CMSM) has presented superb chamber music events featuring world-renowned guests together with Minnesota’s finest artists. The St. Paul Pioneer Press described the CMSM as “a jewel in the state’s cultural crown,” and the Minneapolis Star Tribune wrote that “performances by the Chamber Music Society are all too rare.”
Young-Nam Kim, Violin, CMSM Founder and Artistic Director
Noted by the New York Times for “sparkling virtuosity, strong colors and intense lyricism,” violinist Young-Nam Kim has appeared widely in the United States and Europe in summer festivals, recitals and as a soloist with orchestras worldwide. Founder and artistic director of the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota, Mr. Kim frequently performs in concerts with such distinguished artists as Leon Fleisher, Robert Mann, Yo-Yo Ma and others. In December, 2001 Mr. Kim was honored as one of six and the only musician to be named “Artist of the Year” by the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Lynn Harrell, Cello
A consummate cello soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, conductor and teacher, Lynn Harrell’s work throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia has placed him in the highest echelon of today’s performing artists. Mr. Harrell is a frequent guest of many leading orchestras including Boston, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Ottawa, Pittsburgh, and the National Symphony. In Europe he partners with the orchestras of London, Munich, Berlin, Tonhalle and Israel. He regularly collaborates with such noted conductors as James Levine, Sir Neville Marriner, Kurt Masur, Zubin Mehta, André Previn, Sir Simon Rattle and Leonard Slatkin among others.
Gunther Schuller, Composer-Conductor
American composer-conductor-educator-author-record producer-publisher Gunther Schuller is among the world’s most distinguished artists. He has composed over 200 works, spanning all musical genres including solo works, orchestral works, chamber music, opera and jazz. He has received the Pulitzer Prize, MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant, NEA Jazz Master Award, and an inaugural membership in the American Classical Music Hall of Fame, among many other such honors.
Joe Dowling, Director, Guthrie Theater
Having served as artistic director for the Guthrie Theater since 1995, Joe Dowling is also known for his work in the same role for the Abbey Theatre in Ireland. He has directed plays in major theaters throughout the United States, England, Ireland, and Canada. Mr. Dowling was awarded the National Corporate Theatre Fund’s 2006 Achievement in Theater Award and is a member of the artistic directorate of the Globe Theatre in London.
Jorja Fleezanis, Violin
Jorja Fleezanis was concertmaster of the Minnesota Orchestra from 1989 to 2009—the longest-tenured concertmaster in the orchestra’s history and only the second woman in the U.S. to hold the title of concertmaster in a major orchestra when appointed. Currently Ms. Fleezanis is Professor of Music and Henry A. Upper Chair in Orchestral Studies, Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, Bloomington.
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