Sat09202014

Stepping Out

Young composer and cellist take center stage at Peninsula Symphony's weekend concerts

Los Altos-based Peninsula Symphony, conducted by music director Mitchell Sardou Klein, is scheduled this weekend to continue its 65th season with a pair of concerts titled “Fountain of Youth.”

The program for the concerts – slated Friday in San Mateo and Saturday in Cupertino – features the world premiere of a new Double Concerto for Cello, Clarinet and Orchestra by young composer and clarinetist Jonathan Russell. Composer and award-winning young cellist Nathan Chan will solo on Lalo’s Cello Concerto.

Also on the program: Grieg’s “In Autumn,” the Intermezzo, Nocturne and Wedding March from Mendelssohn’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and Debussy’s Premiere Rhapsodie for Clarinet and Orchestra.

Russell is known for his bass clarinet and clarinet ensemble compositions. His works for bass clarinet duo, bass clarinet quartet, bass clarinet soloists and clarinet ensembles have been performed around the world.

Chan has performed as a soloist with the San Francisco Symphony, the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic, the UK Northern Sinfonia, the Albany Symphony, the Marin Symphony and the Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra. Chan studies with Richard Aaron at The Juilliard School in New York City.

Klein, in his 29th season as music director and conductor of the Peninsula Symphony, has performed on four continents. He regularly guest conducts orchestras throughout the United States and Europe.

Friday’s concert is scheduled 8 p.m. at the San Mateo Performing Arts Center, 600 N. Delaware St. Saturday’s concert is set for 8 p.m. at Flint Center on the campus of De Anza College, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino.

Tickets are $20-$40.

For tickets and more information, visit peninsulasymphony.org or call 941-5291.

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