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Oct. 10, 2005

Entremont Conducts Munich Symphony Orchestra In Hancher Oct. 29

Philippe Entremont (right) will be both conductor and piano soloist in a concert by the Munich Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29 in Hancher Auditorium on the University of Iowa campus.

Acclaimed worldwide for the elegance and virtuosity of his playing as well as his outstanding interpretive abilities on the podium, Entremont will lead the orchestra's performance of Weber's Overture to "Oberon" and Brahms' exuberant Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73; and he will conduct from the keyboard for Mozart's Piano Concerto in C Major, K467, which became famous for the theme from the romantic 1967 film "Elvira Madigan."

The Munich Symphony Orchestra is one of four world-class symphony orchestras in the Bavarian capital. For more than half a century the orchestra has made a considerable contribution to the cultural life of Munich with an extensive repertoire that includes symphonic concert pieces, performances of opera, light opera, musicals and ballets as well as oratorios and church music.

Regular concerts in Bavaria and numerous tours throughout Germany as well as in Europe, Asia and the Americas have firmly established the international reputation of the Munich Symphony Orchestra.

One of France's most renowned pianists and musical directors, Entremont was recently appointed the principal conductor of the Munich Symphony.

Conductor Laureate of both the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and the Israel Chamber Orchestra, he founded the biennial Santo Domingo Music Festival in 1997. Since 2002 he has been Principal Guest Conductor of China's Shanghai Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra, and he is also the director of the American Conservatory in France.

His recorded legacy -- as pianist and a conductor -- makes him one of the most-recorded artists in history. In addition to the standard piano solo and piano-with-orchestra works of Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn, Saint-Saens and other composers, he has recorded most of the piano music of fellow Frenchmen Debussy and Ravel, plus music by such diverse composers as Gershwin, Satie, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Brahms, Viotti and Tchaikovsky. He is a multiple winner of the Grand Prix du Disque, France's highest recording award, and has received numerous Grammy nominations.

Entremont is an officer of the French Legion of Honor and was awarded the title of Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters, the highest decoration bestowed by the French government in the arts. He also holds, among other decorations, a first class Cross of Honor for the Arts and Sciences from the Austrian government.

Local support for the Munich Symphony in Hancher comes from Mace and Kay Braverman, Southgate Development; Lepic-Kroeger Realtors; Kevin and Pat Hanick, Lepic-Kroeger Realtors; John and Sue Strauss; and W. Richard and Joyce Summerwill, through the University of Iowa Foundation.

Tickets for the Oct. 29 concert are $50/45/40; UI student $45/15; youth $35/31.50/28.

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. 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.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Winston Barclay, 319-384-0073, winston-barclay@uiowa.edu

PHOTOS are available at http://www.hancher.uiowa.edu/media.html.