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The Purchase Symphony Orchestra and the Purchase College Chorus Present a Holiday Concert Dec. 14

Date Released: 11/26/2007

The Purchase Symphony Orchestra and the Purchase College Chorus present Solstice Celebration, a holiday concert, December 14 at 8 PM at the Purchase College Performing Arts Center. The Symphony and Chorus will be directed by Hugh Murphy, associate conductor. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 914-251-6200 or visiting

Purchase College, State University of New York, is located at 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, N.Y.

The concert features Praetorius’s Tänze aus Terpischore, arranged for brass ensemble by Graham Ashton; Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G Major, BWV 1049, for solo violin, two flutes, strings and continuo; and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 9, Lobgesang, for orchestra, chorus and soloist.

Hugh Murphy has been coaching professional singers for over 15 years, preparing them to record and perform with the world’s leading orchestras and opera companies, including La Scala, the Metropolitan Opera and l’Opéra de la Bastille in Paris. He made his New York City conducting debut in 1995, and has conducted numerous regional opera companies.  He currently holds the position of music director and conductor with two New York City ensembles, Opera Semplice, which presents young professional singers in performances of standard operatic repertoire, and Apollo's Banquet, an ensemble presenting concerts of notated 18th-century court and theater dances to consistently high critical acclaim. Mr. Murphy was the musical conductor of Purchase Opera’s recent award-winning productions of Hänsel und Gretel and Dialogue of the Carmelites.