News Release
 
 

Sept. 24, 2001 

 
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Carrie Kikel
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OR Addy Bittner
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MUSIC DIRECTOR CANDIDATE JAMES JUDD TO PERFORM
MOZART'S "EINE KLEINE NACHTMUSIK" WITH OREGON SYMPHONY
AND CELEBRATED HORN SOLOIST ERIC RUSKE
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Portland, Ore. … James Judd, Music Director of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and a candidate for the position of Music Director of the Oregon Symphony, will conduct a Classical concert featuring Mozart's masterpiece "Eine kleine Nachtmusik" with America's premiere horn soloist, Eric Ruske, as guest artist Oct. 6 to 8 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Media support is provided by The Oregonian.

The first half of the concert will feature Mozart's famous serenade, "Eine kleine Nachtmusik," and Ruske's performance of Mozart's Horn Concerto No. 1 and Strauss' Horn Concerto No. 2. The second half of the concert will feature Vaughan Williams' Symphony No. 4.

Also the music director of the Florida Philharmonic, Judd is co-founder of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, which he has led on tours throughout the United States, Asia and Europe. Affectionately known as Florida's preeminent "cultural leader," Judd served as Artistic Director of the Florida Grand Opera from 1993 to 1996.

Eric Ruske was named Associate Principal Horn of the Cleveland Orchestra at the age of 20, and his solo career began when he won the 1986 Young Concert Artists International Auditions at age 22. The New York Times stated: "Mr. Ruske's approach, firmly positioned within the boundaries of balance, coherence and good taste that govern the classical style, enchants by virtue of its confidence, imagination and ebullient virtuosity." He has served on the faculties of the Cleveland Institute of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music and is currently on the faculty of Boston University and heads the Horn Seminar at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute.

In addition to pre-concert talks one hour before the concert, Oregon Symphony Classical concerts regularly include additional opportunities for listeners to learn more about the music and the orchestra. These activities include:
Saturday: The conductor of each series will discuss the program from the podium in "Symphony Interactive." Media support for "Symphony Interactive" is provided by KINKfm102.
Sunday: Audience members will be invited to stay for a 15-20 minute panel discussion with musicians and/or the conductor. Media support for "Sunday Night Post-Concert Discussion" is provided by KBPS.

Performances are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 6 and 7, at 7:30 p.m. and Monday, Oct. 8, at 8 p.m. Tickets range in price from $15 to $70 and may be purchased at the Oregon Symphony Ticket Office (923 S.W. Washington), Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or charged by phone at 503-228-1353 or (800) 228-7343. Tickets also may be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets (790-ARTS) or through Ticketmaster Online, via the Symphony's Web site at www.orsymphony.org. Service fees may apply.

James Judd

Since assuming the position of music director at the start of the 1987-88 season, James Judd has transformed the Florida Philharmonic into one of America's premier regional symphony orchestras. His unique musical vision, dynamic leadership and innovative programming have endeared him to audiences, patrons and critics alike.

Critics have showered him with praise, one saying that he was "filled with a strength of style that brings joyous exhilaration and reverential beauty to every performance," whether at the helm of the Florida Philharmonic or as music director of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Judd is in demand as a guest conductor as well, having appeared with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Israeli Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony, London Philharmonic, English Chamber Orchestra and other leading orchestras across Europe.

Judd conducted the Sydney (Australia) 2000 Olympic Arts Festival in September and guest conducted the Indianapolis Symphony in November 2000 and the Utah Symphony in December 2000. For the 2001-02 season Judd will conduct the Russian National Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Hallé Orchestra, the Madrid National Radio Orchestra, the Saõ Paulo Symphony Orchestra as well as the orchestras in Indianapolis, Utah, Vancouver and Ottawa.

Judd was named "one of the 25 most influential men in South Florida" by Channel Magazine. For many years he hosted a weekly radio program, the Classical Music Hour on WTMI-FM, and is a frequent guest on Classical Variations with Joanna Marie on WXEL-FM. He continually strives to bring classical music to more diverse audiences through projects such as the Beethoven by the Beach summer festival and Community Tours, a series of free concerts held in nontraditional venues.

Judd has recorded more than 30 CDs, including the Florida Philharmonic's release of Mahler's Symphony No. 1, which was named "Recording of the Month" by Stereophile, and received awards in France and Germany, where the Gustav Mahler Society named it the "Best New Mahler Recording of the Year." This year, he will begin a series of recordings of the complete orchestral works of Leonard Bernstein with the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra on the NAXOS label and will continue these recordings into the 2001-02 Season. Judd and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra continue an ongoing project of NAXOS recordings, which include works by Copland, Gershwin, Steven Reich, Toru Takemitsu and Bernard Herman.

The FPO director has done numerous other recordings with major European orchestras, including some that have garnered enthusiastic international praise.

In 1988, Judd conducted "Don Giovanni" for the Florida Grand Opera; he then served as its artistic director from 1993 to 1996. He has conducted several operas in the United Kingdom and co-founded the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.

After graduating from London's Trinity College of Music, Judd gained recognition as assistant conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra before returning to Europe as associate music director of the European Community Youth Orchestra.

Erik Ruske

Horn soloist Eric Ruske has established himself as an artist of international acclaim. Named Associate Principal horn of The Cleveland Orchestra at the age of 20, his impressive solo career began when he won the 1986 Young Concert Artists International Auditions at 22. In 1987, he won First Prize in the American Horn Competition, and in 1988, the highest prize in the Concours International d'Interprétation Musicale in Reims, France.

Of his recording of the complete Mozart Concerti and Fragments with Sir Charles Mackerras and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the New York Times stated, "Mr. Ruske's approach, firmly positioned with the boundaries of balance, coherence and good taste that govern the Classical Style, enchants by virtue of its confidence, imagination and ebullient virtuosity."

Eric Ruske gave the 1990 World Premiere of Gunther Schuller's Concerto for Horn and Orchestra with the San Antonio Symphony with Mr. Schuller conducting. He has performed as soloist with orchestras including The Cleveland Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony, the Shanghai Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Milwaukee Symphony, the Seoul Philharmonic, the Boston Pops Orchestra and toured as soloist with the Israel Chamber Orchestra in Tel Aviv and throughout Israel. His recitals have been presented in venues such as the Louvre in Paris, the 92nd Street Y in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and the Dukes Hall in London.

An active chamber musician, he has appeared at the Newport Music Festival, Les Flâneries Musicales d'Eté de Reims Festival in France, the Bargemusic series in New York City, the OK Mozart International Festival, the Sarasota Music Festival, and the Festival de Musique de St-Barthélémy. Mr. Ruske is in great demand as a teacher and clinician, and in addition to having worked at many universities in the United States, he has taught at the Royal Academy of Music in London, the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow and the College of Music at Seoul National University.

In addition to his Mozart recording, his discography includes a recital repertoire disc entitled "Night Poems" for the Musical Heritage Society and two world premiere recordings, "Simultaneous Contrasts" (1987) a tour de force for solo horn by James Yannatos on Albany Records and "Concierto Evocativo" (1990) a concerto for horn and string orchestra by Roberto Sierra on the Fleur de Son label. His most recent recording of virtuoso horn and piano repertoire was released in the spring of 2001.

A native of LaGrange, Illinois, and a graduate of Northwestern University, Eric Ruske has been the recipient of grants from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts and the International Institute of Education. Having served on the faculties of the Cleveland Institute of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music, he is currently on the faculty of Boston University and heads the Horn Seminar at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute.

 

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