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Pasadena Symphony Sets 2000-01 Season

May 31, 2000

Jorge Mester will conduct all eight concerts of the Pasadena Symphony's 2000-01 season, beginning Oct. 21, when 13-year-old Japanese violinist Mayuko Kamio makes her U.S. debut playing the Violin Concerto No. 5 by Vieuxtemps. Also on that program is Shostakovich's Symphony No. 4.

Peter Schickele will attend the world premiere of his Cello Concerto, subtitled "In Memoriam F.D.R.," at the orchestra's Nov. 11 performance, when the soloist will be American cellist Paul Tobias; Mester will conduct symphonies by Mozart and Schubert and Moncayo's "Huapango."

The Jan. 20 concert will offer the Overture to Rossini's "Cenerentola" and Mendelssohn's "Scottish" Symphony; soloist will be Jennifer Frautschi, who will play Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 2.

Soprano Ana Maria Martinez will be soloist on the Feb. 3 concert, singing Richard Strauss' Four Last Songs on a program with Schumann's Second Symphony and Strauss' "Death and Transfiguration."

Pianist Dmitri Ratser returns to Pasadena to play Shostakovich's Concerto No. 1, March 3; on the same program, Mester will lead works by Ravel, Barber and Mozart.

The Verdi Requiem will occupy the orchestra's March 31 performance. Vocal soloists will be Camellia Johnson, Kimball Wheeler, Don Frazure and Kyle Ketelson.

A Beethoven program on May 5 will introduce young pianist Martin Kasik to the Pasadena audience in the B-flat Concerto; also on the agenda: the "Egmont" Overture and the Symphony No. 3, "Eroica."

The Pasadena Symphony season concludes June 9, 2001, with Lutoslawski's Concerto for Orchestra, Ginastera's "Variaciones Concertantes" and the West Coast premiere of Philip Glass' Concerto for Two Timpani. Soloists in the last will be Jonathan Haas and Thomas Raney.

All concerts begin at 8 p.m. in Pasadena Civic Auditorium, 300 E. Green St., Pasadena.

For information and brochure: (626) 793-7172, Ext. 10.

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