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Friday, September 25, 2015

Ottawa Symphony Orchestra opens new season on Monday, October 5 at NAC

September 24, 2015 – Maestro David Currie opens the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra’s 2015-2016 season with a concert of Italian-inspired music on Monday, October 5 at 8 pm in the NAC’s Southam Hall. The program, entitled Roman Carnival, features lively works by Berlioz, Corigliano and Respighi.

The highlight of the evening will be John Corigliano’s Chaconne for Violin and Orchestra, an adaptation of his wildly- popular film score for The Red Violin. On stage as soloist with the OSO for this performance will be the talented young Ottawa violinist, Kerson Leong.

“I chose this work as it is the perfect bridge between the other works on the program, Berlioz’s sparking Roman Carnival Overture which opens the concert, and Respighi’s epic tone poems –The Fountains of Rome and The Pines of Rome,” says Music Director, David Currie.

Concert goers on October 5 will have an exclusive opportunity to purchase raffle tickets that evening for two business tickets from Canada to Italy, courtesy Air Canada. Raffle tickets at $20 each, 3 for $50, and 7 for $100 will be available before the concert and at the intermission. Cash only.

Concertgoers are also invited to join Maestro Currie and OSO supporters at Fanfare, a post-concert reception in the NAC Panorama Room immediately following the concert. Hosted by the Italian Ambassador, H.E. Gian Lorenzo Cornado, the reception will offer guests a taste of Italy with fine Italian wines and Italian-inspired refreshments.

Tickets to the concert and Fanfare reception at $110 pp can only be purchased from the OSO office, ticket@ottawasymphony.com.  Subscription ticket holders can purchase reception tickets for $60, also from the office

Kerson Leong 
The soloist for October 5, Ottawa-native Kerson Leong, first gained international recognition in 2010 at the age of 13 when he won the Junior First Prize at the Menuhin Competition in Oslo. He  has since won many prestigious prizes, including the Grand Prize at the Canadian Music Competition  for five years (2005-2009), and in 2013, he won the National Arts Centre Orchestra Bursary Competition, as well as First Prize at the Orchestra symphonique de Montréal Standard Life Competition.

He has appeared as a soloist with many prestigious ensembles, such as the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and I Solisti Veneti, and recently made his debut at the Auditorium du Louvre in Paris and at Wigmore Hall in London.  Kerson is currently an Artist in Residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium, mentored by Augustin Dumay.  He recently received the Sylva Gelber Music Foundation Award 2015 and was named Revelation Radio-Canada 2014-2015 for classical music. 

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