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Concerto Competition Winner is Soloist With Purchase Symphony

Date Released: 2/4/2011

Hugo Souza, winner of the Purchase Symphony Orchestra's Concerto Competition will be guest soloist at the Purchase Symphony Orchestra Concert on February 18 at 8 PM in the Performing Arts Center. Details.

The Purchase Symphony Orchestra conducted by Maestro Michael Adelson will perform Beethoven's Eighth Symphony, and Respighi' Pines of Rome on February 18 in the Performing Arts Center at 8 PM.  Tickets $22.50. 


Special guest will be Hugo Souza winner of the Purchase Symphony Orchestra's Concerto Competition.  A Conservatory student from the School of the Arts, he will perform the Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra by Bohuslav Martinu.


The concert theme "Inventing yourself" presents an evening of three important works in the lives of the artists.  "Beethoven's Eighth Symphony is charming and witty, nonetheless it represented a tremendous advance in his powers of invention," said Adelson.


"With the Pines of Rome, Respighi set a new standard for himself and for the musical world of the sonic spectacular.  And Purchase's own Hugo Souza marks a significant advance in his own career with this performance of the Martinu Oboe Concerto."


Michael Adelson is a conductor, composer, writer and educator who has served on the conducting staff of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.  He has conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic, the Philharmonia Orchestra in London and many other ensembles in Europe and America. He is 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 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.


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 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. He is currently writing a book for non-musicians on the nature and art of conducting.


For tickets call 914-251-6200 or

Purchase College is located at 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, New York