CSU Announces Two World-Class Concert Series at RiverCenter

COLUMBUS, Georgia The Columbus State University (CSU) announces the 2002-2003 CSU Premier Series and CSU Jordan Concert Organ Series of professional classical music performances to be presented at RiverCenter for the Performing Arts in Columbus, Georgia, beginning Sept. 10, 2002 and running through April 11, 2003.

The CSU Premier Series, presented by the Columbus State University Foundation and the universitys Schwob School of Music, will feature eight concerts, and the CSU Jordan Concert Organ Series presents an additional three concerts; all by top musical artists from around the world.

CSU is presenting its second season of top classical artists in RiverCenters acoustically perfect 450-seat Legacy Hall as well as the spectacular 2,000-seat Bill Heard Theatre. The three Jordan Concert Organ concerts will take place in Legacy Hall and feature the Jordan Concert Organ, a magnificent concert pipe organ built by Orgues LeTourneau of St. Hyacinth, Quebec, Canada.

Rex Whiddon, Director of Major Gifts at the CSU Foundation says, 'Our commitment is to continue the presentation of some of the worlds greatest musical artists for the benefit of our regional community and the CSU faculty and students. Several of the artists, in addition to their public performance, will conduct master classes for CSU music students. The master class series is made possible by The Lucy Quillian Page Master Class Series Endowment.

The CSU Premier Series begins with the American Chamber Players on Sept. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in Legacy Hall. Lead by Artistic Director Miles Hoffman, The American Chamber Players is one of the most exciting and innovative chamber music ensembles performing today, with a wonderfully varied repertoire. The New York Times reported, The players appealed to the heart and the head, offering a warm, seductively luxurious sound and an impressive precision and unity of purpose.

The second concert will be a recital by Richard Goode, piano on Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Legacy Hall. Hailed for music making of tremendous emotional power, depth, and sensitivity, Richard Goode is today acknowledged as one of the leading interpreters of Beethoven and Mozart. According to The London Sunday Times, He is one of the exemplary pianists of our day.

American baritone Christpheren Nomura has emerged at the forefront of a new generation of great singers. Since making his New York debut in 1992, he has performed throughout the world, recently hailed as one of classical musics rising stars by the Wall Street Journal. Mr. Nomura performs in Legacy Hall on Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m.

The CSU Premier Series continues with the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet on Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Legacy Hall. Recognized as one of America's premier instrumental ensembles, the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet is one of the most charismatic and versatile groups performing today. The four virtuosi bring a new energy to the concert stage with their eclectic programs and dynamic musical interplay.

The New Year brings a concert by Chanticleer, one of three concerts in the CSU Premier Series to be staged in the 2,000-seat Bill Heard Theatre. As the only full-time classical vocal ensemble in the United States, Chanticleer has developed a remarkable reputation for its vivid interpretations of vocal literature, from Renaissance to jazz, and from gospel to venturesome new music. The Los Angeles Times hailed the group for their luxurious perfection. Chanticleer performs on Jan. 27, 2003 at 7:30 p.m. in Bill Heard Theatre.

CSU Premier Series and RiverCenter for the Performing Arts will co-present the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in Bill Heard Theatre on Feb. 2 at 4 p.m., conducted by Robert Spano. The world-class Atlanta Symphony Orchestra journeys to Columbus with Macon native and virtuoso violinist Robert McDuffie as soloist. The concert is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. The Council is a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

On March 7 at 7:30 p.m. in Legacy Hall, CSU presents Peter Kurau, horn. Peter Kurau is one of the premier horn players in the United States, currently Professor of Horn at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. Mr. Kurau will perform in recital with pianist Tomoko Kanamaru for the first half of this program. In the second half, he will perform as soloist with the CSU Symphonic Wind Ensemble under the baton of Dr. Robert Rumbelow.

The 2002-2003 CSU Premier Series concludes with Midori, violin and Robert McDonald, piano in a recital in Bill Heard Theatre on March 23 at 4 p.m. Heralded as one of the worlds foremost violinists, Midori is celebrating two decades of music making with a commemorative 20th Anniversary Recital Tour around the world. Midori immediately captivates her audiences with a personal zeal for playing and blazing technique to match. The concert also features renowned pianist Robert McDonald, a frequent collaborator with Midori on recordings and on tour.

Columbus State University Organist Joseph Golden begins the concert series with a program of collaborations starring the magnificent Jordan Concert Organ and several CSU Schwob School of Music faculty ensembles. Entitled Organ and Friends, the concert will be held on Oct. 13, 2002 at 4 p.m. in Legacy Hall.

The second concert occurs on Feb. 23 at 4 p.m. in Legacy Hall with The Chenaults, organ duo. Elizabeth and Raymond Chenault's frequent performances throughout the United States and Europe, as well as their sizable contribution to the organ duet literature through commissions have made 'organ for four hands, four feet' virtually synonymous with their name! The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported, 'Everything was played with the kind of virtuosic security that made you pay attention to the music, not the performers.... Probably the world's premiere duo-organ team.'

The final concert in the CSU Jordan Concert Organ Series will feature Douglas Major, organ with The Empire Brass on April 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Legacy Hall. The Empire Brass enjoys an international reputation as North America's finest brass quintet, the first brass ensemble to win the prestigious Naumberg Chamber Music Award.

Tickets for all performances are available by visiting www.tickets.com or calling 1-888-332-5200. Visit www.riverarts.net for a complete event calendar, concert information and links. Tickets are also available at the RiverCenter Box Office at 900 Broadway, Tuesday-Friday, Noon- 5pm.

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William J. Bullock