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International cellist to perform with symphony

The Rogue Valley Symphony Orchestra Symphony Series III presents international cellist Rajan Krishnaswami performing Concerto for Cello and Orchestra by Lalo. There will be three performances of this program in Southern Oregon.

The first concert in Ashland at the SOU Music Recital Hall will take place at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30. The second performance in Medford will take place at the Ginger Rogers Theater at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31. The third performance will take place in Grants Pass at the GPHS Performing Arts Center at — p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1.

Rajan Krishnaswami has appeared on three continents as recitalist and orchestra soloist with the Northwest Chamber Orchestra, the Olympia Symphony, the Hunan, Wuhan, and Shenzhen Symphonies in China, the Prince George Symphony in Canada, the Greater Bridgeport Symphony, and many others.

Known for his creative and effective programming, he received a Fulbright Fellowship for study in Berlin, Germany, first prize in the Performers of Connecticut International Competition and a Juilliard teaching fellowship.

Krishnaswami calls Lalo's Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, "a charming work, with much fire and flair, along with moments of great sensitivity and introspection. The concert world tends to neglect the piece, perhaps since it is not too flashy, but I think it is a gem and have always very much enjoyed playing it. With character and charm, the themes draw on Spanish folk idioms, which give the performer the opportunity to evoke all of the imagery associated with the Spanish culture, from bullfights to serenading one's lover. It truly is an evocative, colorful, and romantic work. I look forward to sharing it with your audience."

Beethoven's Overture to Egmont is one of the most popular symphonic pieces performed today. Throughout Beethoven's lifetime Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) was the leading literary figure in German-speaking Europe and beyond. Egmont, counted among his great dramatic achievements, tells the story of Egmont (1522-68), a Flemish nobleman loyal to the Spanish crown, yet unable to tolerate the Spanish repressive regime in the Netherlands. The plot unfolds with his imprisonment and finally his execution. Beethoven composed incidental music for performances of this play at Vienna's Court Theater in June of 1810. In the Overture to Egmont Beethoven offers a musical summary of the plot's expressive substance.

The program also includes Bernstein's Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, arranged in 1960 from some of the musical highlights of the original production. Supp?'s Poet and Peasant Overture rounds out the program for the evening.

There will be a pre-concert talk one hour before each performance. Ashland ticket prices are $5 student, $31 general, $38 premium. Medford ticket prices are $5 students, $24 general, $31 premium. Grants Pass ticket prices are $5 students, $21 general, $28 premium. Call 552-6398.