Wyoming Seminary Civic Orchestra to present annual winter concert

January 14, 2013

A selection of engaging works in the classical and romantic traditions will be on the program when the Wyoming Seminary Civic Orchestra presents its annual winter concert this month.

Conductor Yoon Jae Lee of New York City, music director of the orchestra, will lead the musicians in a concert featuring compositions by Mendelssohn, Elgar, Sibelius and Dvorak.

The concert will be performed Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 8 p.m. in the Great Hall of Wyoming Seminary, 228 Wyoming Avenue, Kingston, just north of Kingston Corners, and is free and open to the public.

This concert will feature Antonin Dvorak’s highly regarded Symphony No. 9, “From the New World,” which the composer completed while he was visiting the United States toward the end of the nineteenth century. The beautiful “Elegy for Strings” by Sir Edward Elgar, written in 1909, is a tribute to the composer’s close friend and editor of his compositions. Felix Mendelssohn’s “Overture to Ruy Blas” is one of his most popular works and has been described as a work with varied moods, a close-knit structure and inventive sonorities. Jean Sibelius’ “Karelia Suite,” written in the 1890s, reflects the composer’s interest in the folk music of his native Finland and is one of the highlights of the concert.

Lee is recognized for his multi-faceted career as a conductor, arranger and pianist. As founder and artistic director of Ensemble 212, he has built the New York-based orchestra into one of today’s finest young ensembles. Since its first concert in 2004, he has led the ensemble in 45 performances. He also is music director of the City College Symphony Orchestra, and he has collaborated with such renowned musicians as Daniel Phillips of the Orion String Quartet, mezzo-soprano D’Anna Fortunato, composer Huang Ruo, and members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Lee also works closely with award-winning composer Mohammed Fairouz and has conducted the premieres of several of Fairouz’s most recent compositions. He will perform the New York premiere of Fairouz’s “Akhnaten” for solo piano, cello and orchestra with Nick Canellakis and Ensemble 212 later this season. He has arranged the finale of Mahler’s Third Symphony for Ensemble 212’s 9/11 tenth anniversary memorial concert.

The 65-member Civic Orchestra, founded by area conductor Jerome Campbell in 1999, includes professional musicians, music teachers, music majors from nearby colleges and universities, talented adult amateurs and gifted high school performers from Sem and areaschools; an array of ages, talent and training with a shared love of music. The Civic Orchestra is under the sponsorship of Wyoming Seminary and the Performing Arts Institute, an international program for young musicians of exceptional ability.