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Northwestern Symphony Orchestra Welcomes Alumna Cellist

January 23, 2007 | by Judy Moore

EVANSTON, Ill. --- The first winter quarter Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra (NUSO) concert will feature familiar music by Richard Strauss and Claude Debussy, as well as a familiar face.

Cellist Anna Burden, a Northwestern School of Music alumna, will perform the cello solo from Strauss' “Don Quixote,” a composition for cello, viola and large orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive, on the University's Evanston campus.

Burden, who in 2005 won second place at the 49th WAMSO Young Artist Competition at Orchestra Hall, is currently a graduate student at Juilliard. The Young Artist Competition is a collaborative effort between the Minnesota Orchestra Volunteer Association and the Minnesota Orchestra. The contest is designed to discover and encourage exceptional young musical talent through a regional competition. While at Northwestern, Burden studied cello with Professor Hans Jørgen Jensen, who has also studied at Juilliard.

Victor Yampolsky, a Northwestern professor and director of orchestras for the School of Music, will conduct the orchestra during the Jan. 27 concert. Yampolsky is music director of the Peninsula Music Festival, honorary director of the Scotia Festival of Music and music director emeritus and principal guest conductor of the Omaha Symphony Orchestra. He formerly was the assistant concertmaster and assistant conductor of the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra and principal second violinist in the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

The concert will feature one of Debussy's major orchestral works, “Nocturnes,” Arnold Schoenberg's reflection of personal and artistic tension, “Five Pieces for Orchestra” (1949 version); and Strauss' “Don Quixote,” a composition inspired by the great Spanish novel “Don Quixote de la Mancha.”

NUSO's second winter concert at Pick-Staiger will be a Student Showcase at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 2. Performers will include pianist Xiao-min Liang, trumpeter Michael Martin and violinist Rebecca Chung. Northwestern faculty member Robert G. Hasty will conduct a program featuring Robert Schumann's Piano Concerto in A Minor; Alfred Desenclos' “Incantation, Thrène, et Danse” and Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D Major.

Tickets for each of these concerts are $8.50 for the general public, $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff and $4 for students.

For tickets or more information, call the Pick-Staiger Ticket Office at (847) 467-4000 or visit <www.pickstaiger.com>.

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