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University of Iowa News Release

Feb. 18, 2005

Pianist Navah Perlman Solos With Prague Symphony March 9 In Hancher

Young pianist Navah Perlman will be the featured soloist when the Prague Symphony Orchestra performs works by Beethoven, Chopin and Dvorak at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 9 in Hancher Auditorium on the University of Iowa campus.

The role of the orchestra in the cultural life of Prague and the Czech Republic will be addressed in a pre-performance discussion, free to concert ticket holders, at 7 p.m. in the Hancher Greenroom.

Perlman, the daughter of violin superstar Itzhak Perlman, will take the stage for Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2. The orchestra, under Music Director Serge Baudo (right), will also perform Beethoven's Leonore Overture No. 3 and Dvorak's Symphony No. 6. The performance of the Dvorak symphony by the official orchestra of the capital of the Czech Republic should be a special treat for eastern Iowa's large Czech population.

Perlman, who is both a soloist and an avid chamber musician, has performed with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic and other major ensembles. She also appears in the Woody Allen film "Everyone Says I Love You."

The Prague Symphony Orchestra represents a history of more than 70 years in the Czech capital. By recording music for the majority of Czech films in the 1930s and performing regularly in live broadcasts of Czechoslovak Radio, the orchestra became an established ensemble.

In 1952 the City of Prague followed the model of other European cities and adopted the orchestra as its own professional concert ensemble to represent the city. The orchestra made its first foreign tours -- to Poland, Italy, Austria and Germany -- in the late 1950s, and soon became a fixture on the international concert scene.

In addition to its resident music directors, the orchestra has gained stature under the direction of world-renowned conductors including Rafael Kubelík, Sir Georg Solti, Seiji Ozawa, Zubin Mehta, Sir Charles Mackerras and others, and through collaborations with soloists including David Oistrakh, Isaac Stern, Josef Suk, Arthur Rubinstein, Rudolf Firkusny, Svjatoslav Richter, Claudio Arrau, Murray Perahia, Garrick Ohlsson, Maurice Andre and Mstislav Rostropovi_h.

Baudo became the orchestra's music director in 2001. After establishing himself as a conductor in 1959, Baudo was chosen in 1962 by Herbert von Karajan to conduct "Pelleas et Melisande" at La Scala. For more than 10 years Gabriel Dussurjet entrusted Baudo with numerous productions at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, in repertoire ranging from Mozart to Debussy.

Baudo`s first major appointment was that of permanent conductor at the Paris Opera, in addition to being the first principal conductor of the newly founded Orchestre de Paris. From 1970 to 1988, he was musical director of the Orchestre National de Lyon, with which he toured China, Japan, Korea, Czechoslovakia, Germany, Switzerland, Canada and the United States. In 1979 Baudo founded the Berlioz Festival in Lyon.

He has guest conducted with many of the world`s most important orchestras and opera companies, including the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, the Concertgebouw, the BBC, the Philharmonia, Wiener Symphoniker, and the Moscow and Leningrad Symphonies, as well as major orchestras in Switzerland, Germany, the Netherlands and Italy.

Sponsors of the Prague Symphony in Hancher are William and Karen Rubright, through the University of Iowa Foundation.

Tickets for the March 9 concert are $47/44/40; UI student $42.30/15; senior citizen $42.30/39.60/36; youth $32.90/30.80/28.

Hancher Auditorium box office business hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. From the local calling area, dial (319) 335-1160. Long distance is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. Fax to (319) 353-2284. People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial (319) 335-1158, which is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.

Tickets may be ordered on-line 24 hours a day, seven days a week through Hancher's website, http://www.hancher.uiowa.edu

Orders may be charged to VISA, MasterCard or American Express. UI students may charge their purchases to their university bills, and UI faculty and staff may select the option of payroll deduction. Information and brochures may be requested by e-mail, hancher-box-office@uiowa.edu

For UI arts information and calendar updates, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, ur-acr@uiowa.edu.

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