FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WHO: Austin Symphony
WHAT: Classical Concert – Pip Clarke
WHEN: March 28 and 29; 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)

Violinist Pip Clarke To Play With The Austin Symphony

Co-Sponsored by Holt, Rinehart and Winston and Norwest Bank of Texas, Austin, N.A.
Season Sponsors: First State Bank and Austin American Statesman

Violinist Pip Clarke will play with the Austin Symphony on March 28 and 29 under the direction of ASO Music Director Candidate Lawrence Leighton Smith, 8:00 p.m. at Bass Concert Hall. Ms. Clarke will play Wieniawski’s Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op.22. Also on the program are Mozart’s Symphony No. 34 in C major, K.338 and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36.

At sixteen years of age, English-born violinist Pip Clarke gave her London debut at the South Bank Center. She graduated with distinction from the Guildhall School of Music, London, in 1989. Her performances as a solo recitalist took her to venues at Henley, Reading, Oxford, Salisbury, Manchester, and Stockport. She appeared several times as soloist at the South Bank Center in London as well as St. James’ Piccadilly and St. Martin’s in the Fields.

In addition to a concerto appearance on national British television with Sir Michael Tippett, her interpretations of the concertos by Beethoven, Brahms, Dvorak, Mendelssohn, Prokofiev and Sibelius brought her widespread praise. Emigrating to the United State, Miss Clarke subsequently began concertizing and in 1994 released her debut recording, "Romantic Violin Showpieces." She received two Grammy Award Nominations, including "Best Solo Performance Without Orchestra."

Lawrence Leighton Smith was Music director of The Louisville Orchestra for ten years (1983-1993) and is now the ensemble’s Conductor Laureate. Maestro Smith has previously served as Artistic Advisor and Principal Guest Conductor of the North Carolina Symphony, as Principal Conductor of the Phoenix Symphony and as Music Director of the Austin Symphony, the Oregon Symphony and the San Antonio Symphony. Maestro Smith is also now Conductor-in-Residence at Yale, where he heads the orchestral conducting and teaching program and leads the Yale Philharmonia.

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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