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Southern Georgia Symphony to present renowned guest artist

When the Southern Georgia Symphony takes the stage September 23 in Statesboro and September 24 in Savannah for its 2006-2007 performance season premieres, the audience will be in for a real treat. The Slavic Passions Concert will be a musical reunion for the symphony’s conductor, Maestro Cheung Chau, and its guest artist, Colin Carr. Carr was Chau’s cello instructor for three years at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, and his impact on the young up-and-coming performer and future maestro was very inspiring.

Chau said ‘Being taught by Colin Carr was one of the most important experiences in my life, and his tremendous influence provided me with a foundation from which I still draw today. He also elaborated on the fact that Carr’s teachings are still prevalent in his own work. ‘It is a great privilege that I will have the occasion to work with him professionally in our 2006-2007 premiere performances,” said Chau.

While playing with the Southern Georgia Symphony, Carr will perform Cello Concerto in B Minor by Antonin Dvorak. Carr’s appearance is supported by a grant from the Southern Arts Federation as part of its Touring Artists Program. This program helps fund touring artists who also participate in an educational activity as part of their appearance . Carr will be presenting a master class for cello students in the region from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23, in the Foy Fine Arts Building’s Carol A. Carter Recital Hall on the Georgia Southern University campus in Statesboro. Admission is free. Call 912-681-5396 for more information.

Carr first played the cello at the age of five; three years later he went to the Yehudi Menuhin School, where he studied with Maurice Gendron and later William Pleeth. He was appointed a professor at the Royal Academy of Music in 1998, having been on the faculty of the New England Conservatory in Boston for 16 years; in 1998 St. John’s College, Oxford created the post of “Musician in Residence” for him and in September 2002 he became a professor at Stony Brook University in New York. As a concerto soloist, Colin Carr has played with major orchestras worldwide including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in the Netherlands, The Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, and the orchestras of Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington, Philadelphia and Montreal, with Rattle, Gergiev, Dutoit, Elder, Skrowasczewski and Marriner. He has been a regular guest at the BBC Proms, has twice toured Australia and has recently played concertos in South Korea, Hong Kong, Malaysia and New Zealand.

Carr is the winner of many prestigious international awards, including First Prize in the Naumburg Competition, the Gregor Piatigorsky Memorial Award and Second Prize in the Rostropovich International Cello Competition. He is playing on the 1726 “Marquis de Corberon” Stradivarius, generously loaned to him by London’s Royal Academy of Music.

Season subscriptions for the Southern Georgia Symphony are still on sale and can be purchased by contacting the Performing Arts Center Box Office in Statesboro, 912-486-7999, and in Savannah, the SCAD Box Office at 912-525-5050. More information can be obtained by visiting the Southern Georgia Symphony website-www.SouthernGeorgiaSymphony.org.

The Southern Georgia Symphony is a partnership between Georgia Southern University and other organizations committed to bringing a high-quality symphonic series to the C oastal Georgia region, including WTOC-TV, Clear Channel Radio Savannah, The River 98.7, East Georgia Regional Medical Center, Comcast, Bank South, Memorial Health, The Statesboro Herald, Connect Savannah, Connect Statesboro, Northland Cable, Sea Island Bank and Smack Dab Studios. The Southern Georgia Symphony is proud to serve the artistic needs of the broad and diverse community of Coastal Georgia. The Southern Georgia Symphony has expanded its reach, visibility and influence within the region so it may substantially contribute to the wealth of cultural life in the area, enhance the musical education of young audiences, contribute to economic growth and build strong ties with each community.

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