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Grammy-Nominated Conductor Christopher Lyndon-Gee Returns to Lead the Adelphi Symphony Orchestra
International conductor and Adelphi Associate Professor Christopher Lyndon-Gee will have a homecoming when he returns to the podium in the Concert Hall of the Adelphi University Performing Arts Center on Friday, April 8, 2011, at 8:00 p.m.
The concert opens with the complete incidental music of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Egmont, Op. 84, written for Goethe’s play of the same title. A special dimension will be narrations of Goethe’s text in both English and German, read respectively by actor and Adelphi Associate Professor Brian Rose and Professor Patrick Kelly; and two movements for soprano sung by Adelphi music junior Hannah Hockett.
The program continues with the great Mexican composer Manuel Ponce’s Concierto del sur for Guitar and Orchestra, written for Segovia, and features renowned soloist William Zito. The grand finale will be Dmitry Shostakovich’
Among Lyndon-Gee’s recordings are the ground-breaking complete works of Igor Markevitch, which brought Lyndon-Gee the first of five Grammy Award nominations, for Best Orchestral Performance, in 1998. His recording of Respighi “Ancient Airs and Dances” was awarded a Rosette for eight consecutive years by the Penguin Guide to Compact Discs, and was an “Editor’s Choice” recording of London’s Gramophone magazine. A disc of Varese with the Polish National Radio Symphony gained international acclaim during 2001. While music director of the Canberra Pro Arte Orchestra (Australia), he was named ‘Artist of the Year’ by the National Critics Circle, and ‘Best Conductor’ for his work with the Australian Opera at Sydney Opera House; he has held similar posts, as well as principal guest conductorships in four countries.
Maestro Lyndon-Gee joined the Adelphi music faculty in 2002, and serves as music director of the Adelphi Symphony Orchestra, which is comprised of students and faculty as well as professional musicians.
Tickets for the April 8 concert are $20 with discounts available for students and seniors. To learn more about AU PAC’s 2010-2011 season, please visit aupac.adelphi.edu or call the AU PAC Box Office at (516) 877-4000.
About Adelphi University: Adelphi is a world class, modern university with excellent and highly relevant programs where students prepare for lives of active citizenship and professional careers. Through its schools and programs—The College of Arts and Sciences, Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Honors College, Ruth S. Ammon School of Education, University College, and the Schools of Business, Nursing, and Social Work—the co-educational university offers undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as professional and educational programs for adults. Adelphi University currently enrolls nearly 8,000 students from 41 states and 60 foreign countries. With its main campus in Garden City and centers in Manhattan, Hauppauge, and Poughkeepsie, the University chartered in 1896, maintains a commitment to liberal studies in tandem with rigorous professional preparation and active citizenship.
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Adelphi University, chartered in 1896, was the first institution of higher education for the liberal arts and sciences on Long Island.