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New Bedford Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, February 16, 2019  7:30pm
Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, New Bedford, MA
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Roses and Thorns

Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier Suite

Andrea Tarrodi: Highlands - Cello Concerto

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5

Conductor: Yaniv Dinurwebsite
Guest Artist: Christine J. Lee, Cellowebsite

Swedish composer Andrea Tarrodi creates a unique world of sound that draws the listener in from the first note. Korean cellist Christine J. Lee will perform Tarrodi’s Cello Concerto, a piece that was inspired by the landscape of the Scottish Highlands. Also on the program are two warhorses: the dazzling suite from Strauss’s opera The Knight of the Rose and Tchaikovsky’s beloved Fifth Symphony.

New Bedford Symphony Orchestra Guest Artists

Christine J. Lee

Motivated and hungry for new experiences, Korean cellist Christine J. Lee aims to portray transformative and spiritual powers of music in her performances.

She is a laureate of the first Queen Elisabeth International Cello Competition and has performed as a soloist with the Brussels Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Monterey Symphony, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra Symphony, Houston Symphony, as well as Young Belgian Strings, Orchestra of Mons, and the National Orchestra of Belgium.

Christine began playing the cello at age seven and made her debut with the Seoul Philharmonic when she was nine. She was accepted to The Curtis Institute of Music at age ten, and since then has performed around the globe as a soloist and a chamber musician. She has appeared in many prestigious venues, such as the Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, Musée du Louvre, and the Victoria Hall, and has won many awards, including Johansen International Competition, Dr. Luis Sigall Competition, and Plovdiv Chamber Music Competition. As a musician of versatility and diverse interest, she has worked with contemporary music ensembles like eighth blackbird and Juilliard AXIOM. Christine also enjoys playing Baroque, and has worked with Anner Bylsma and Roel Dieltiens.

In addition to exploring and performing different styles of classical music, she is one of the original members of “CelloPointe,” whose performances combine classical ballet and music in an intimate setting with music encompassing from Baroque through contemporary works and genres. She especially loves working with other musicians from different backgrounds in a chamber music setting, and her passion has led to appearances in prestigious festivals such as La Musica Festival, Music@Menlo, La Jolla Summerfest, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Music@Angelfire, and Marlboro Festival.

She received her Bachelor of Music from the Curtis Institute and studied with with Joel Krosnick at The Juilliard School. She is currently an artist-in-residence at the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth in Belgium.

Pre-concert talk: All are invited to the Penler Space at 6:30PM to hear Yaniv Dinur speak about the evening’s program.