Havre de Grace pianist to play with Susquehanna Symphony Edinburgh String Quartet will also perform in series

October 01, 1995|By Ashley Gray | Ashley Gray,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Pianist Duke Thompson of Havre de Grace and Scotland's Edinburgh String Quartet will take the stage with the Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra during its 1995-1996 season.

Mr. Thompson makes his debut Nov. 4 with the symphony in a concert titled "The Romantic Spirit." It is the first of four concerts in the season.

The world premiere of "Gulliver's Travels," by James McVoy, will be featured in the second concert, "Glad Tidings."

The 70-member orchestra will perform with local choirs for the Christmas concert Dec. 9, said Dawn Sacks, business manager for the orchestra.

In addition to the 8 p.m. show that day, there will be a concert at 4 p.m. for children and families. The program is shorter and includes a narrated story, Ms. Sacks said.

The "Spring: Waxing Poetic" concert March 23 includes guest vocalist Tammy Hensrud-Kerian and a world premiere of a work by Richard Yardumian.

Ms. Hensrud-Kerian is a professional singer from New York.

The last of the concerts -- "The SSO Presents the Edinburgh String Quartet" -- will be at 8 p.m. May 11.

Ms. Sacks said it is a wonderful opportunity for the orchestra to play with the renowned quartet from Scotland.

All concerts are held in the auditorium of the John Carroll School on Churchville Road.

Ticket prices vary by the age of the buyer and type of ticket.

A season ticket for the four concerts costs $30 for adults, $25 for seniors and $15 for students.

Individual concert tickets may be purchased at $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for students.

Tickets are sold in Bel Air at Preston's Stationery, Music Land and the Music and Arts Center.

The orchestra was founded in 1978 by Sheldon Bair, who is the driving force and conductor,Ms. Sacks said.

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