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Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra to visit Baker Hall Feb. 22

The Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra

The Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra, on its inaugural United States tour, stops by Baker Hall at Zoellner Arts Center on Sunday, Feb. 22 at 3 p.m.

The orchestra will perform Glinka’s Overture to Russlan & Ludmilla, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 in F Minor and Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in F Major with pianist Peter Tuite.

Originally founded in the mid-1800s, the Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra brings together the shared musical history of Europe and Ireland, through the performance of time honored pieces by musicians of diverse backgrounds. The Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra was disbanded at the start of the World War II only to be reconstructed under the current conductor and musical director Derek Gleeson.

Gleeson studied at the musical conservatories of Dublin, London, and Vienna. While still a teenager, he participated in the European Union Youth Orchestra where he worked under famed conductors such as Leonard Bernstein. During his career as a freelance musician, Gleeson performed with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe among others, before beginning his career as a conductor.

Gleeson endeavors to mix orchestral standards with the works of the premier composers of today. As a result of his time spent studying film scoring at UCLA, Gleeson has also scored music for various films including The Suicide Club, Moving Target and Kitchen.

Tuite combines his virtuoso style with his skills as a composer to create a unique and inspiring musical landscape. A native of Ireland, Tuite attended Trinity College of Dublin and the Royal Irish Academy of Music before attending the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University with a Fulbright Scholarship where he completed his doctorate.

Tuite has performed all over the world in all the major musical cities, and has recorded for both radio and television in the United States. He made his United States debut in Pennsylvania at the Founders Hall Auditorium and received a wide range of awards including, the Millennium Young Musician of the Future 2000, the Lisney Award, and the Chopin Prize at the AXA Dublin International Piano Competition. Tuite will be performing Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in F Major with the Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra.

In conjunction with the performance there will be a free pre-show lecture with Donald Spieth, principal guest conductor of the Monocacy Chamber Orchestra, in Room 145 at 2 p.m. and a free lobby show with Lehigh University students Kaitlyn Baum and Emily Orenstein, both of the LU Philharmonic, who will perform works from the classical chamber repertoire.

Tickets for the February 22 performance are $36 and $30, but senior citizen, student, group and LVAIC discounts are available. Visit www.zoellnerartscenter.org for more information.

--Candi Staurinos

Posted on Thursday, February 12, 2009

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