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Jan. 5, 2007

Hamburg Symphony And Violinist Robert McDuffie Perform In Hancher Jan. 21

Germany's Hamburg Symphony, under the direction of Principal Conductor Andrey Boreyko and featuring American violinist Robert McDuffie (left), will perform works by Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn and Brahms at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, in the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium.

In the Hancher concert, part of the orchestra's American debut tour, McDuffie will play the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, and Boreyko will also conduct Brahms' Symphony No. 1 and Mendelssohn's overture "The Hebrides."

Traditional German fare will be on the menu for a pre-performance dinner. The Hancher Café will open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6 p.m. Advance reservations are required.

McDuffie, a Grammy-nominated Telarc recording artist, has soloed with many of the major orchestras of the world, including the New York and Los Angeles philharmonics; the Chicago, San Francisco, Montreal, and Toronto symphonies; and the Philadelphia, Cleveland, Minnesota, Houston, Utah, Gewandhaus and St. Louis orchestras. He returns to Rome each June as the co-founder and artistic director of the Rome Chamber Music Festival.

McDuffie has been profiled on NBC's "Today," "CBS Sunday Morning," PBS's "Charlie Rose Show" and A&E's "Breakfast with the Arts," and in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. An article in the San Francisco Chronicle called him "a treasure. A musician of probing intelligence, a violinist of authority, and force of great vitality."

Founded in 1957, the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra has become recognized as one of Germany's leading orchestras and is now a respected component of Europe's cultural life, with tours to its credit to Great Britain, Italy, France, Spain, Scandinavia, Poland and Turkey.

Boreyko, a native of St. Petersburg, launched a new era in the history of the Hamburg Symphony when he became principal conductor in 2004, creating an immediate sensation with his initial performances.

A review in the Hamburger Adendblatt declared, "Whoever wants to perform Tchaikovsky in this town again, will have a hard time of it. Boreyko certainly set a new benchmark."

And Die Welt proclaimed, "The new conductor in chief set off such a multi-colored orchestral fireworks in the Hamburg Music Hall that we were about to exclaim as Goethe's Faust 'Linger a while, thou art so fair!' or 'Play it again.' . . . Boreyko prevailed like Mephisto -- as a seducer with sense and sensibility who incited his orchestra to perform incredible sound-adventures."

The Hamburg Symphony in Hancher is supported by Betsy Fahr and William and Karen Rubright through the University of Iowa Foundation, with media support from the Gazette.

Tickets are $50/45/40; UI student $45/15; senior citizen $45/40.50/36; youth $35/31.50/28. Discounted concert tickets are available as part of volume purchases: A simultaneous purchase of five events or more qualifies for a 15 percent discount.

Dinner tickets are $26.

Hancher Auditorium box office business hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. From the local calling area, dial (319) 335-1160. Long distance is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial (319) 335-1158, which is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.

Tickets may be ordered on-line 24 hours a day, seven days a week through Hancher's website:

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