Tuesday, March 10, 2009

AmericanTowns.com: 'Former Music Director James DePreist Returns to the Schnitz'

[James DePreist Bust, by Rip Caswell, Sculptor]

“Saturday-Monday, Apr. 18-20:
When and Where: Three performances, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Apr. 18 and 19, and 8 p.m. Monday, Apr. 20; Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. 
The Performers: The Oregon Symphony, with guest conductor (and its former music director) James DePreist on the podium, joined by pianist Garrick Ohlsson.   
The Program: 
- Christopher Theofanidis: Rainbow Body 
- Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 
- Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 1 
Tickets: (503) 228-1353 or (800) 228-7343 or online from the orchestra’s web site, http://www.orsymphony.org.” 

- Conductor James DePreist stepped down as music director of the Oregon Symphony in 2003 after 23 seasons as the orchestra’s artistic leader. He then held the title of laureate music director for five seasons, from 2003 to 2008. Since 2004 he has been director of conducting and orchestral studies at The Juilliard School in New York.” The African American conductor James DePreist is the nephew of the great singer Marian Anderson. His biography is found at http://www.JamesDePreist.com and AfriClassical.com

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