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Stanford Symphony to perform Dvorák, Stravinsky, Chen Yi

The Stanford Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of J. Karla Lemon, associate professor (performance) of music, will perform works by Dvorák, Stravinsky and Chen Yi at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 7, in Dinkelspiel Auditorium.

The program will feature Dvorák's Concerto in B Minor for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 104, with cellist Alison Hu, Stravinsky's The Firebird and Chen Yi's Duo Ye.

Tickets are $8 general admission, $4 students, and can be purchased at the Stanford Ticket Office, 725-2787, or at the door.

"Dvorák's cello concerto is exceptionally rich in invention and ideas," Lemon said. "A string player himself, Dvorák was well-experienced in balancing the cello supported by a full orchestra."

Cellist Hu, who will graduate in June with a master's degree in electrical engineering and in industrial engineering and engineering management, has been a student of Stanford faculty cellist Stephen Harrison for five years. She was principal cellist of the Stanford Symphony Orchestra for four years and previously studied with Irene Sharp at the San Francisco Conservatory.

The success of Firebird established Stravinsky as one of the most gifted of the younger generation of Russian composers, Lemon said. The composition by Chen Yi is based on traditional songs of the Dong minority of the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region of China.


By Diane Manuel

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