FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WHO: Austin Symphony
WHAT: Classical Concert – Dmitri Ratser
WHEN: February 14 and 15; 8:00 pm
WHERE: Bass Concert Hall
PRICE: $11 – $25 per ticket
CONTACT: Nan Schwetman or Anne Lasseigne (512) 476-6064 or 343-6513 (evenings, weekends)

Pianist Dmitri Ratser To Play With The Austin Symphony

Co-Sponsored by Texas Commerce Bank and Delta Air Lines
Season Sponsors: First State Bank and Austin American Statesman

Pianist Dmitri Ratser will play with the Austin Symphony on February 14 and 15 under the direction of ASO Music Director Candidate Stephen Stein, 8:00 p.m. at Bass Concert Hall. Mr. Ratser will play Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22. Also on the program are Copland’s El Salon Mexico and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92.

"Brilliant, dazzling, radiant – the words pale alongside the performance’s reality," said The St. Louis Post-Dispatch in describing Dmitri Ratser’s performance. Russia’s Dmitri Ratser has been a first prize winner in competitions such as Budapest’s Liszt International Jubilee Competition and Moscow’s All-Union Rachmaninoff Competition. In the 1990-91 season, Dmitri Ratser was introduced to the American concert-going public in recitals on the East and West Coasts. Mr. Ratser has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra as well as many distinguished orchestras around the United States.

Stephen Stein was formerly Music Director of the Anchorage Symphony and is currently Conductor-in-Residence of the Houston Symphony. Mr. Stein has appeared with several major symphony orchestras including the National Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Syracuse Symphony and the San Diego Symphony.

Mr. Stein was awarded the first Baccalaureate degree in Orchestral and Operatic Conducting from Northwestern University, and received his Master’s degree in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Southern California. Mr. Stein also won an Academy Award ("Best Dramatic Achievement in a Student Film") for his cinematic adaptation of Mozart’s "Impresario."

Tickets for the concert range from $11-$25 and are available at the Austin Symphony Box Office, 11th and Red River, or by calling 476-6064 or 1-888-4-MAESTRO with a VISA, MasterCard, American Express or Discover Card.

All programs, artists and dates are subject to change.

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