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   from the issue of January 12, 2006


Royal Philharmonic opens Lied's British Festival


Britain's Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will open a British Festival series at the Lied Center for Performing Arts, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 27.

Directed by Matthias Bamert, the orchestra performance will include "Finlandia" by Jean Sibelius, "Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major, K. 218" by Mozart, and "Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43" by Sibelius. Violinist Joan Kwuon will join the orchestra for the Mozart piece.

Larry Lusk, former dean of the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts and emeritus professor of piano, will present a pre-performance talk 7 p.m. in the Lied's Steinhart Room. Seating is limited.

Ticket prices are $50, $45, $40; and half price for UNL students with a valid NCard and youth 18 and younger. For more information, call the Lied ticket office at 472-4747.

The Lied Center's British Festival celebrates the contributions of British culture to the arts.

Thomas Beecham founded the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 1964. He conducted the first performance in 1946 and was the principal conductor until his death in 1961. The orchestra has continued to develop under the leadership of directors such as Rudolf Kempe, Antal Dorati, André Previn and Vladimir Ashkenazy.

As an international orchestra, the musicians have played for Pope John Paul II at the Vatican, the president of China in Tiananmen Square, and was invited to play at the 10th anniversary celebration of Kazakhstan's independence.

The orchestra has recorded for its own record label and currently has 14 discs in its "Hooked On Classics" series.

Other events in the Lied's British Festival include: March 21, 23-24 - Aquila Theatre Company's performances of "Hamlet" and "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde"; March 4 - The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields with Gil Shaham; and April 22 - "Belshazzar's Feast" by Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra with soloist Jubilant Sykes and UNL choirs.

Each festival event will include special events/activities before the performance.



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