Symphony Orchestra to Perform Monday

Thursday, October 17, 2013

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The Lee Symphony will present its fall concert at the Conn Center on Monday, Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. The orchestra will be conducted by Lee Artist in Residence Robert Bernhardt, as well as graduate assistant Sarah Pearson.

“This concert presents a wide variety of music from different eras and styles," said Bernhardt. “Sarah Pearson will conduct early 20th Century British music as well as a deceptively simple little French masterpiece by Satie.”

Pearson will conduct “Three Dances from the Music for “Henry VII”” by the English composer Edward German, and “Gymnopedie No. 3” by Erik Satie as orchestrated by Claude Debussy.

Alan Shikoh, teacher of guitar at Lee, joins the orchestra to play “Guitar Concerto in D Major.”

“The centerpiece will be Alan Shikoh's performance of one of the most famous and popular concertos for guitar by the Baroque master Antonio Vivaldi,” said Bernhardt.

The concert will conclude with three excerpts from the German composer Richard Wagner's music-drama, “Die Meistersinger” ("The Mastersingers"). The excerpts are "Prelude to Act III," the “Dance of the Apprentices,” and the “Procession of the Mastersingers/Prelude to Act I,” which will be played without break.

“All in all, a great challenge for the Symphony, and we hope, a delight for our audience," said Bernhardt.

Bernhardt joined Lee's School of Music in the fall of 2011 as an artist in residence and conductor of the Lee Symphony Orchestra. Bernhardt also serves as Music Director Emeritus of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera (CSO) and Principal Pops Conductor of the Louisville Orchestra.

He was formerly the music director and conductor for 19 seasons with the CSO, and is the first to hold the title Emeritus. He is also a frequent conductor for the Boston Pops Orchestra and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the School of Music at 423-614-8240 or