Newburgh Symphony Orchestra embarks on its 10th season

| 28 Sep 2011 | 02:16

    NEWBURGH-The Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra, directed by Maestro Woomyung Choe, embarks on its 10th season Saturday, Oct. 23, with cellist Kyung Suk Park. The performance begins at 8 p.m. in the Newburgh Free Academy High School Auditorium, 201 Fullerton Ave. Park, acclaimed for her sensitive and expressive interpretation of the cello repertoire, will perform Edouard Lalo's impressive Concerto for Violoncello in D minor. Park has performed internationally as a soloist with orchestras that include the Seoul Symphony Orchestra in her native Korea and the Dohnanyi Symphony Orchestra in Budapest. Currently serving as principal cellist with the Daegu Symphony Orchestra, she also teaches privately and at Kae-Ming University. Her recent CD, "Russian Romances," recorded with pianist Nina Kogan, has met with critical enthusiasm. Edouard Lalo (1823-1892), a Frenchman of Spanish ancestry, achieved growing recognition as a composer in the 1870's with a series of four important instrumental works. The distinctly individual Concerto for Violoncello in D minor was among them. It was dedicated to the famous Parisian cellist Adolphe Fischer, who played it for the first time at the Cirque d'Hiver in Paris in 1877. Fischer collaborated with Lalo, sharing his ideas about the technical possibilities and special characteristics of the instrument. Preceding the concert at 7 p.m. is the "Shacklett Preview," an entertaining and enlightening talk by Gordon Shacklett. Ticket prices are $20 for reserved seats, $15 for general admission, $12 for seniors, $5 for students, and free for children under 7. For more information, call 562-1800.