Arts Society & Culture

Performing Arts Center presents Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

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The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia Performing Arts Center will present the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on Jan. 10 at 8 p.m. in Hodgson Concert Hall. Principal Guest Conductor Pinchas Zukerman will lead the orchestra in Mozart’s Overture to the Magic Flute and Brahms’s Symphony No. 4. An accomplished violinist, Zukerman will also perform as soloist with the orchestra in Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1.

Vanessa Tome, a doctoral candidate in musicology at UGA, will give a pre-concert lecture 45 minutes prior to the performance. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Founded in 1946, the Royal Philharmonic is known as one of the United Kingdom’s most accomplished orchestras, and its London home is at Cadogan Hall. The RPO also regularly performs in Royal Albert Hall, presenting works in a varied series of concerts ranging from large-scale choral and orchestral works to themed evenings of contemporary popular repertoire.

Over the past five years, the RPO’s international schedule has had the orchestra performing in more than 30 countries, including Egypt, Russia, Spain, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, the U.S. and China. Last year it also accompanied Sting on his Symphonicity world tour, performing to sold-out audiences across the U.S., Canada, Russia and Europe.

The Royal Philharmonic’s many recordings include “Mancini Rocks the Pops,” “Premier Pops,” “Pop Go the Beatles,” “Andrew Lloyd Webber Classic Songs” and “Elmer Bernstein by Elmer Bernstein.”

Zukerman is in his third season as principal guest conductor of the Royal Philharmonic, leading the ensemble in concerts throughout Spain, Italy and the U. K., as well as an east coast tour of the U.S. and Canada. He has remained a phenomenon in the world of music for four decades. His 2011-2012 schedule includes over 100 performances in venues around the world.

Along with his RPO conducting duties, Zukerman is currently in his 13th season as music director of the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa. He also chairs the Pinchas Zukerman Performance Program at the Manhattan School of Music.

Zukerman has been a performer and presenter at both the Kennedy Center Honors and the Grammy Awards ceremonies, and he appeared with the Chicago Symphony on the PBS special “Mozart by the Masters.”

Tickets for the concert are $35 to $90 with special discounts for UGA students. For tickets, see http://pac.uga.edu or call the Performing Arts Center box office at 706/542-4400 or toll free at 888/289-8497.

The Athens medical community is underwriting the performance.