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Anderson Center launches 20th season


Dan Sonnen, assistant technical director for Anderson Center, tested the theaterís lights last week in preparation for the arrival of the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra.
The Anderson Center launches its 20th anniversary season Friday, October 22, with a world premiere of a new work that promises not only a rich aural experience, but an exciting visual one as well.

Performed by the world-renowned Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra, Colors of Crimson, by Chinese composer Bright Sheng, features a fusion of Eastern and Western musical styles.

“The Anderson Center series has an international profile which underlines Binghamton University’s emphasis on diversity and therefore global concerns,” said Floyd Herzog, Anderson Center director.

“It is with great pride that we open our anniversary season with a premiere work, flavored by the Far East, performed by the renowned orchestra of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, situated in the very heart of Europe.”

Adding to the evening’s international theme, Scottish percussionist Evelyn Glennie returns to the University to perform the Sheng concerto, which was specially commissioned for her.

Glennie last appeared in Binghamton in 1996, when she performed with the New York Philharmonic as part of the University’s Scottish festival.

The evening’s performance will also feature dramatic theatrical lighting and stage props.

“This is the first time we are adding these kinds of elements to an orchestral performance,” said Mary Mack, assistant director of the Anderson Center.

“The combination of fine music and a theatrical presentation promises for unique and exiting performance.”

This is the Luxembourg Philharmonic’s first trip to the United States. The orchestra will only be playing in seven venues during its tour. The Anderson Center will be the second venue on the schedule with the next stop being the Avery Fischer Hall in New York City.

“We think the Luxembourg Philharmonic will find the Anderson Center to be a particularly unique venue,” said Herzog.

“For 20 years our unique acoustical properties, the fine lighting and props management and our hospitality has allowed us to offer a welcoming venue, and has given us a stellar international reputation. And it is on this solid foundation that we hope to continue to bring even more outstanding performers to the campus and the Southern Tier.”

In addition to premiering Sheng’s work, the Luxembourg Philharmonic will also be performing Berlioz’s Roman Carnival Overture, Vivialdi’s Concerto for Vibraphone and Orchestra, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5.
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Last Updated: 10/14/08