BSO to feature violinist Koh

Posted Sept. 05, 2011, at 3:22 p.m.
Last modified Sept. 05, 2011, at 8:12 p.m.
Jennifer Koh
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Jennifer Koh

ORONO — World-renowned violinist Jennifer Koh will join the Bangor Symphony Orchestra in “BSO and Koh” to open the 116th season at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine.

BSO Music Director and Conductor Lucas Richman will lead the Bangor Symphony in performances of Mozart’s “Overture to Cosi Fan Tutti,” Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 and the Bruch violin concerto featuring Koh.

Known internationally for her contemporary and traditional repertoire and daring passion, Koh will be making her second Maine appearance this summer. She appears at the Salt Bay Chamberfest each August in Damariscotta.

Since the 1994-995 season, when she won the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, the Concert Artists Guild Competition and the Avery Fisher Career Grant, Koh has played with leading orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, the Chicago Symphony, the Cincinnati Symphony, the National Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, Houston Symphony, the New World Symphony and Montreal Symphony.

Abroad, she has appeared with the Czech Philharmonic, the BBC London Symphony, the BBC Scottish Symphony, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Iceland Symphony, the Helsinki Philharmonic and several others.

A Chicago native living in New York, Koh was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2009 for “String Poetic.” She plays frequently at major music centers and festivals including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Marlboro, Wolf Trap, Spoleto and the Festival International de Lanaudiere in Canada.

Koh will participate in a meet-and-greet during concert intermission in the lobby of the Collins Center and will sign her CDs, which will be available for purchase.

Richman is starting his second season as music director and conductor, roles he also holds with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra in Tennessee. Richman received a Grammy Award this year for conducting the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on Christopher Tin’s classical-world fusion album “Calling All Dawns” as Best Classical Crossover Album.

He has been guest conductor with the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony, Delaware Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra and orchestras abroad.

Tickets for the concert, and the rest of the Masterworks season, “Nutcracker” and Pops performances, are available at 581-1755, 800-622-TIXX or http:// www.bangorsymphony.org.

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