BRIEF: Repertoire for orchestra announced for Sunflower Music Festival June 10-18

Press Release

The repertoire has been released for the orchestra performances of the Sunflower Music Festival which will be June 10 to 18 at White Concert Hall, Washburn University.  No concert will take place on June 16.

The 2011 schedule is:

Friday, June 10, 7:30 p.m., orchestra concert (Alex Klein, conductor)

Serenade in C Major, op. 48, by Tchaikovsky

Symphony No. 3 in A minor, op. 56 “the Scottish,” by Mendelssohn

Saturday, June 11, 7:30 p.m., chamber music concert

Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano, by Poulenc

Quintet for Oboe, Clarinet, Violin, Viola and Double Bass in G Minor, op. 39, by Prokofiev

Quintet for Piano and Strings in G Minor, op. 57, by Shostakovich

Sunday, June 12, 3 p.m., concert by Blanche Bryden Institute high school students; 7:30 p.m., Miro Quartet

Monday, June 13, 7:30 p.m., chamber music concert

Quintet No. 1 for Winds, by Clark

Quintet for Piano, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn and Bassoon, op. 16 in E-flat Major, by Beethoven

String Quintet #2 in G Major, by Brahms

Tuesday, June 14, 7:30 p.m., concert by Blanche Bryden Institute Collegiate String Quartets

Wednesday, June 15, 7:30 p.m., orchestra

“The Marriage of Figaro” Overture, by Mozart (Russell Patterson, conductor)

Love Scenes from “The Merchant of Venice,” by Humperdinck (Russell Patterson, conductor)

“Oborama” by Stock (U.S. premiere) (John Strickler, conductor, and featuring Alex Klein on five types of oboe.)

Symphony No. 7 in A Major, op. 92, by Beethoven (Russell Patterson, conductor)

Thursday, June 16:  No concert

Friday, June 17, 7:30 p.m., chamber music concert

Sequenza VII, by Berio

Serenade for Woodwinds, by Mozart

Sextet for Two Violins, Two Violas, Two Cellos, op. 70 “Souvenir de Florence,” by Tchaikovsky

Saturday, June 18, 7:30 p.m., orchestra (Alex Klein, conductor)

Fanfare for the Common Man, by Copland

Violin Concerto, op.14 by Barber, by Barber; Charles Stegeman, soloist

Symphony  No. 4 in E minor, op. 98, by Brahms

Nine concerts performed by nationally recognized chamber musicians and chamber music students are planned.  All concerts are free and open to the public.

Concerts on June 12 and 14 will feature the students participating in the Blanche Bryden Sunflower Music Festival Summer Institute.  This program provides young musicians from across the nation the opportunity for advanced study and performance experience in chamber music with master teachers and performers.  Admission is via taped auditions from students age 16 to 26.

Doors to all events open at 6:30 p.m., except for the June 12 Blanche Bryden Institute student concert that begins at 3 p.m. Early arrival is recommended for all concerts to obtain choice seating.

Conductor will be Alex Klein, who has been appointed principal conductor of the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra, and artistic director and director of programming of the Sao Paulo Opera House, which is home of the SPSO.

He began his musical studies at the age of nine, made his solo orchestral debut the following year and began professional musician activities at the age of 11. Klein served for nine years as principal oboe with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and has performed as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and the Chicago Sinfonietta.  In 2002, Klein won Grammy Award for best instrumental soloist with orchestra for his recording of Strauss’ Oboe Concerto with Daniel Barenboim and the Chicago Symphony.  His honors include the top prize in the 1988 International Competition for Musical Performers.

For more information regarding the music festival, call (785) 670-1620; e-mail [email protected]; or go to