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Season Opening of Purchase Symphony Orchestra Oct. 8 at 8 PM

Date Released: 9/29/2010

Maestro Michael Adelson conducts the Purchase Symphony Orchestra in a program of music by Wagner, Berlioz, and Huang Ruo. Concert at 8 PM in The Performing Arts Center. Tickets

The Purchase Symphony Orchestra begins its fall season on Friday, October 8 at 8 PM in the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College with a program that includes  Wagner’s Prelude to Act 1 of Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, Huang Ruo’s Hanging Cliffs, and Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique.


Tickets are $22.50. Box Office is 914-251-6200 or


Maestro Michael Adelson will conduct.  This is his second season as conductor of the Purchase Symphony Orchestra featuring musicians from the Purchase College School of the Arts Conservatory of Music.


A renowned conductor, composer, writer and educator, Mr. Adelson has served on the conducting staff of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.  He has conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, and many other ensembles in Europe and America. Equally at home in the opera house, Mr. Adelson has conducted Scandinavian productions of Turandot, LaBoheme, and in Stockholm, the world premiere of Qu Xiao-Song’s Oedipus.


He is deeply committed to music of our time, having worked with composers Pierre Boulez, Bernard Rands, Harrison Birtwistle, Mangus Lindberg and others. He frequently guest conducts other new ensembles and his own works have been performed by the New York Philharmonic as well as by other ensembles and soloists worldwide.  He is a founding member of Present Eye, an organization dedicated to experimental music and art.


Mr. Adelson regularly leads workshops in conducting and orchestral technique for educators, and college and pre-college musicians sponsored by the New York Philharmonic.  He has written and conducted young people’s concerts with the New York, Helsinki and Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestras.  He has written and lectured widely on topics as diverse as the links between mathematics and music, the divide between science and religion, critical thinking, great historical cities as centers of culture, and twentieth-century art history.  He is currently writing a book for non-musicians on the nature and art of conducting.


Mr. Adelson studied at the New England Conservatory, the Mannes College of Music, and graduated summa cum laude from Jorma Panula’s conducting class at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.


Conductor’s program notes:


The Purchase Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Michael Adelson begin the 2010-11 season with a joyous look at the power of human imagination.  Each of the three works on the program celebrates this central driving force behind all creative acts.  In 1830 Hector Berlioz composed some of the most shockingly original music that had ever been heard.  His Symphonie Fantastique, scored for a huge orchestra, broke all stylistic boundaries and redefined what music could do.  Wagner’s opera Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg is, at its core, a tribute to the art of composing.  And Hanging Cliffs by Purchase’s own Huang Ruo revels in a daring rethinking of orchestral sound.