05 Feb 2016

French Romance

French Romance
Featuring Maestro Christopher Seaman & Violinist Tessa Lark

Sunday, March 20 at 4:00 p.m. | Blaisdell Concert Hall
Tickets from $34

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British conductor Christopher Seaman leads the HSO in a program featuring popular romantic era pieces by French composers Saint-Saëns and Franck. The program opens with Britten’s Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell – a piece that is better known as “Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.” Violinist Tessa Lark makes her HSO debut performing Saint-Saëns’s Violin Concerto No.3.

Concert Program

Britten – Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell
Saint-SaënsViolin Concerto No.3 in B Minor
FranckSymphony in D Minor


Tickets range from $34-$92 and are available online via Ticketmaster.com (1-800-745-300), or in person at the Blaisdell box office.

$13 student rush tickets and $20 active-duty military tickets are available with a valid ID. Must purchase in person at the  Blaisdell box office.

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Christopher Seaman, ConductorChristopher Seaman

British conductor Christopher Seaman has a worldwide reputation for inspirational music making.

With a long and distinguished career in the US, Christopher was Music Director of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (New York) until 2011 and was subsequently named Conductor Laureate. During his 13-year tenure – the longest in the orchestra’s history – he raised the orchestra’s artistic level, broadened its audience base and created a new concert series. This contribution was recognised with an award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.

Christopher has previously held the positions of Music Director of the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, Conductor-in-Residence with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Advisor of the San Antonio Symphony. Within the UK, Christopher has held the positions of Principal Conductor with both the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Northern Sinfonia.

Highlights in the 2014-15 season and beyond include the Warsaw and Rochester Philharmonic orchestras, Milwaukee, Nashville and Adelaide Symphony orchestras, and the Auckland Philharmonia and Orquestra Filarmônica de Minas Gerais in Brazil. Recent guest conducting engagements include concerts with the orchestras in Pittsburgh, Detroit, Houston, San Francisco, St Louis and Seattle; and the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música and Orchestra of Opera North. He is also a regular guest at the Aspen Music Festival. He frequently visits Australia and Asia where he has conducted the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and the National Taiwan, Sydney, Melbourne and Singapore Symphony orchestras, amongst others.

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Tessa Lark, ViolinTessa Lark

Winner of the prestigious Naumburg International Violin Award in 2012, Tessa Lark is one of the most captivating artistic voices of her time. She has been consistently praised by critics and audiences alike for her astounding range of sounds, technical agility and musical elegance.

Tessa, now age 25, was recently named the Silver Medalist of the 2014 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, making her the highest-ranked American-born winner in the Competition’s history. She is a recipient of a career grant from the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund for the Performing and Visual Arts. Other awards include the first prize in both the 2008 Irving Klein International Strings Competition and the 2006 Johansen International Competition for Young String Players; and top prizes in the 2012 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition as part of her piano trio, Modêtre, and the Michael Hill International Violin Competition in 2009.

At age 16, Lark was soloist with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and has since then performed concerti with the Louisville Orchestra; Santa Fe, Indianapolis, Cheyenne, Santa Cruz, Cape Ann, Melrose and Peninsula Symphonies; Gettysburg and Mission Chamber Orchestras; Chinese Opera and Ballet Symphony Orchestra, and New England Conservatory’s Symphony Orchestra as a result of winning the school’s Violin Concerto Competition in 2010 with the Walton Violin Concerto. Lark has given many solo recitals, including her Carnegie Hall debut recital in Weill Hall and other concerts for the San Francisco Performances series, the radio broadcasted Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert series, Ravinia’s Bennett-Gordon Classics series, Chamber Music Tulsa series, and the Caramoor Wednesday Morning Concert series.



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Sunday, March 20 at 4:00 p.m. | Blaisdell Concert Hall
Tickets from $34

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