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SYMPHORIA kicks off Geneva Concerts’ series at the Smith

GENEVA, NY – Geneva Concerts is coming back to the Smith with Symphoria, only one of two co-op orchestras in the United States, on Friday, September 24th at 7:30pm. Under the musical direction of conductor Lawrence Loh, this ensemble will be playing pieces by Gioachino Rossini and Ludwig van Beethoven. Violinist and violist Annelle Gregory will be performing José White Lafitte’s Violin Concerto in F-sharp Minor with the orchestra. Tickets are $30 for adults and seniors, $10 for college students, and FREE for individuals under the age of 18. Get your tickets at genevaconcerts.org!
Lawrence Loh, Music Director of Symphoria, was named Music Director of the West Virginia Symphony commencing in the 2017-18 season. Mr. Loh concluded his 12-year tenure as Music Director of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic in 2017. Mr. Loh had a decade-plus association with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra where he currently leads annual pops and other select programs. Previous positions include: Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Syracuse Opera; Resident Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra; Music Director of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra; Associate Conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra; Associate Conductor of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the Denver Young Artists Orchestra.
American violinist and violist Annelle K. Gregory is a laureate of international competitions, concert soloist, and recording artist. She is the 1st Prize & Audience Choice Award winner of the 2017 National Sphinx Competition and Laureate of the 2013 Stradivarius International Violin Competition. In 2017 she released the first-ever CD of Rachmaninoff’s complete violin/piano works (Bridge Records) and in 2019 released, “ Russian Music for Solo Violin and Orchestra ” (Naxos). As a soloist, Annelle has performed with the symphonies of Houston, Detroit, Chicago Sinfonietta, Kiev Virtuosi, San Diego, New Jersey, Nashville, Santa Monica, Hilton Head, and the California Chamber Orchestra, performing in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Hall, and the Kennedy Center, as well as abroad in Azerbaijan, England, Germany, Portugal, Russia, Spain, and Ukraine. Her teachers have included Michael & Irina Tseitlin and Glenn Dicterow.
Symphoria is one of only two co-op orchestras in the United States, and its musicians are vested in the success of the organization. Their commitment and passion are just a part of what makes it so noteworthy. Music Director Lawrence Loh says, “We set out this year to plan a season that is reflective of our community. I’m particularly proud that our season includes many composers from a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures.”
Additional concerts and events for Geneva Concerts will be announced at a later date.
To keep our community safe, all attendees will be required to show proof of vaccination or negative COVID test upon arrival at The Smith. Masks must be worn while at The Smith but may be removed once seated.
The Smith Center for the Arts, stewards of the historic Smith Opera House, provides diverse arts and educational enrichment opportunities year-round for Finger Lakes residents and visitors. The Smith Opera House is at 82 Seneca St. in Geneva, NY. Please email boxoffice@thesmith.org or call (315)781-5483. For more information visit www.thesmith.org.
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