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Thursday, January 8, 2009

Pianist Florian Uhlig performs with Symphony Nova Scotia

Pianist Florian Uhlig performs with Symphony Nova Scotia

Halifax, NS – Young German pianist Florian Uhlig joins Symphony Nova Scotia on Thursday, January 15 at 7:30 pm at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium for an evening of favourite romantic works.

Regarded as "one of the most individual and imaginative young pianists of our time" (Musical Opinion), Florian has performed with Symphony Nova Scotia's Maestro Gueller in the past and is looking forward to his first Canadian performance.

"It is wonderful to be working with conductor Bernhard Gueller again," he says. "I am very excited to meet and perform with Symphony Nova Scotia!"

Florian will be performing Felix Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto no. 1. "It is a brilliant work for piano and orchestra. The slow movement must be some of the most heartfelt music that has ever been written."

Symphony Nova Scotia will also perform Charles Gounod's Symphony no. 1 and Tchaikovsky's beautiful String Serenade. The String Serenade was one of Tchaikovsky's favourite works, and has been beloved by performers and audiences ever since its premiere in 1881.

The three works on the evening's program are also all part of a fascinating web of musical connections. Charles Gounod was inspired by Felix Mendelssohn's older sister Fanny, and Tchaikovsky was in turn inspired by the operas of Gounod.

Get your tickets now! Prices range from $32-47.50 (HST included), or you can pick up a subscription and save up to 30%. Student and group discounts are also available. Call 494.3820 or 1.800.874.1669, or visit

Florian will also be giving a masterclass at Dalhousie University on Friday, January 16 at 1:30 pm in Room 111 of the Dalhousie Arts Centre. Tickets are $15 for community auditors/ $10 for students and seniors, and are available at the Music Department office and at the door.

About Florian Uhlig

Florian Uhlig is "one of the most individual and imaginative young pianists of our time" (Musical Opinion). He is renowned for his creative resourcefulness and his wide-ranging repertoire from Bach to contemporary composers. Born in Düsseldorf, Uhlig gave his first solo recital at the age of twelve. Constantly searching to explore the possibilities of musical expression, he is also dedicated to composition, improvisation, musicological research and projects with literature.

About Symphony Nova Scotia

Expect the Unexpected with Symphony Nova Scotia – from Baroque to Berlioz to bluegrass! Each year the 37-member ensemble performs for more than 40,000 audience members (including 14,000 young music lovers) in communities across Nova Scotia. Under the inspirational leadership of Bernhard Gueller, Symphony Nova Scotia is recognized as one of the finest orchestras in the country. Join the orchestra in celebrating its 25th anniversary this season!

Symphony Nova Scotia

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