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Secrest Artists Series presents Bruckner Orchester Linz

October 12, 2009

Wake Forest University’s Secrest Artists Series will present the Bruckner Orchester Linz at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10 in the university’s Wait Chapel.

The Bruckner Orchester, an Austrian philharmonic orchestra, has a history of performing for more than 200 years.  It has risen to prominence as a leading orchestra in Central Europe, recording works by Mozart, Schubert, Matthus, Schmidt, Korngold, Holst, and all of Bruckner’s symphonies in their original version.

The program for the Wake Forest performance will include the violin concerto by Philip Glass, Leonard Bernstein’s “Symphonic Dances” from “West Side Story,” and Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 101, “The Clock.”

Renaud Capucon will be the soloist for Glass’s violin concerto.  Capucon, who is French, is making his second tour of the United States with the Bruckner Orchester.  Recent performances in the United States include those with the symphonies of Detroit, Houston and Boston and debuts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the National Symphony Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

In addition to his recent tours with the Bruckner Orchester, Capucon has toured with the Budapest Festival Orchestra under Ivan Fischer and the WDR Cologne Orchestra under Semyon Bychkov.  He has performed with many of the most prestigious orchestras in Europe, as well as Japan and Israel.

The Bruckner Orchester’s music director and conductor is Dennis Russell Davies, who was born in Toledo, Ohio, and studied piano and conducting at the Julliard School in New York City.  He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

A frequent guest conductor with major orchestras and opera companies throughout the world, 2009 marks 40 years of uninterrupted music directorships of various orchestras both nationally and internationally for Davies.  He is also chief conductor of the Linz Opera and music director of the Basel Symphony Orchestra in Basel, Switzerland.  He is professor of orchestral conducting at Salzburg Mozarteum, as well as conductor laureate of the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra.  In the United States, he continues as conductor laureate of the American Composers Orchestra, which he co-founded.

David Levy, Wake Forest professor of music and Beethoven scholar, will give a pre-performance talk at 6:40 p.m. in the Balcony Room of Wait Chapel.

General admission is $21; $16 for senior citizens and non-Wake Forest students.  Tickets are free to Wake Forest students, faculty and staff.  For tickets, contact the Wake Forest box office at 336-758-5295.

Upcoming concerts in the 2009-2010 Secrest season include:

  • Baritone opera singer Nathan Gunn, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21, Wait Chapel.
  • South African vocal ensemble Ladysmith Black Mambazo, 7:30 p.m. March 4, Wait Chapel.

For more information, visit or call the Secrest Artists Series office at (3360 758-5757.

Note to Editors:  Dennis Russell Davies is available for telephone interviews in advance of his appearance at Wake Forest.  To arrange an interview, contact Kevin Cox at Wake Forest at 336-758-5237 or

Press Contacts:

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

Cheryl Walker
(336) 758-5237

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