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Lehigh Philharmonic invites audiences to dance

The orchestra, directed by Paul Hsun-Ling Chou, the Ronald J. Ulrich Endowed Chair of Orchestral and String Music, performs at Zoellner Arts Center’s Baker Hall at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, April 23 and 24.

The program features de Falla’s “Three Dances” from Three Cornered Hat; Ravel’s Bolero, Weber’s Invitation to the Dance and Bernstein’s “Symphonic Dances” from West Side Story.

Philip Kish, winner of the 7th Annual LU Concerto Competition, will also perform Mozart’s Concerto for bassoon and orchestra.

In addition, members of the orchestra will give a free pre-show lecture at 7:15 p.m. in room 145. No reservations are required.

The Invitation to the Dance was originally composed for piano, a genre in which Weber produced many brilliant works. It is more commonly known in two orchestrations, however; one by Hector Berlioz (which is the version being performed on this program), and another by Felix Weingartner. The Berlioz version was produced for a Paris production of Weber’s great Romantic opera, Der Freischütz where it served as ballet music.

Conductor and violinist Paul Hsun-Ling Chou, associate professor of music, is the founder and director of the Lehigh University Orchestra Program and the Lehigh University Chamber Music Collegium.

Chou began playing the violin at age three as one of the earliest students of the renowned Suzuki Method. In 1970, he continued to study under the guidance of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Krasner and then Russian violinist Rafail Sobolevsky at Syracuse University. He was the featured soloist with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra at age 15 and has since continued to build an international performing career.

He has appeared as a soloist with the International Chamber Orchestra, Chicago Grant Park Symphony, Allentown Symphony, Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra and the San Angelo Symphony. He has also performed extensively abroad, having appeared in Canada, the People's Republic of China, the Czech Republic, and the United Kingdom with composer/pianist Paul Salerni and soprano Carmen Pelton.

Philip Kish, a senior biochemistry major, has been playing bassoon for 11 years and piano for 16 years. Kish comes from a family of musicians and music lovers, so naturally music has always been a part of his life. He has played in numerous groups including the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, and as principal bassoonist in the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony, the National Youth Orchestra Festival at Interlochen, Michigan, and the Shaker Symphony. Music has given him the opportunity to perform with groups in Scandanavia, the entirety of central and southern Europe, and most recently with the Lehigh Philharmonic in China and Brazil.

The Concerto Competition, open to any music student in the Lehigh Valley, requires that each contestant perform an entire concerto from memory. They are then judged on musicianship, memory, stage presence and technical merit.

Tickets are $17. Senior, student, LVAIC, and group discounts are also available. For reservations, please call Zoellner Ticket Services at (610) 758-2787 (7LU-ARTS) or get them online.

Posted on Thursday, April 22, 2004

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