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The Hendersonville Symphony kicks off new Expanded Season Sept. 7


The Hendersonville (NC) Symphony’s 2019-2020 concert season kicks off Saturday, September 7 at 7:30 p.m. with “American Icons,” a concert that features great familiar music, a renowned guest pianist, an accomplished young guest conductor and many new amenities for ticket holders.

Guest Conductor John Concklin is the only American selected to compete in the international Second Citta’ di Brescia Conducting Competition this fall in Italy.


Tickets for the performance and all concerts of the Hendersonville Symphony and its new series, “Hendersonville Symphony Presents” can be purchased at their website, www.hendersonvillesymphony.org, or by calling 828-697-5884. Tickets to the September 7 performance are $45 for adults and $12 for students. Full season tickets are also still available through this performance.

All season Symphony concerts will be held at Blue Ridge Community College’s Conference/Concert Hall in Flat Rock. The evening begins with a pre-concert discussion at6:30 p.m. with guest conductor John Young Shik Concklin and pianist Kathryn Brown, open to all ticket holders. At 6:45, the Connor Law Duo will perform a pre-concert sampling of jazz music that is part of the upcoming “Hendersonville Symphony Presents” concert on Saturday, October 26 at Triskelion Brewing in Hendersonville.

Pianist Kathryn Brown has performed around the globe as concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber musician.

The repertoire of “American Icons” will give the audience the chance to revel in the melodies, magic and memories of American musical icons, drawing inspiration from the mountains, New York’s jazz clubs and the Maine coastline in summer. Guest conductor John Young Shik Concklin will lead the orchestra, joined by guest pianist Kathryn Brown, who will perform Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.”

The music includes tributes to Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, and Louis Armstrong and is highlighted by Rodgers and Hammerstein’s orchestral highlights from the Broadway musical, “Carousel.”

Guest Conductor John Concklin is the only American selected to compete in the international Second Citta’ di Brescia Conducting Competition this fall in Italy. During the 2019/2020 season, he will continue as Conductor with the Atlanta Music Project.

In addition, he will continue his presence in education, building on his relationship with the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University. Concklin recently completed a one-year term as Associate Professor of Conducting at Vanderbilt University, where he was a frequent cover conductor with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra.

Concklin has served as Music Director of the Hendersonville Symphony Youth Orchestras, Associate Conductor of the Georgia Symphony Orchestra (Marietta, GA), Assistant Conductor of the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, and has held teaching positions at Clemson University and Converse College.

Concklin was trained at Vanderbilt University, Yale University, and the Cleveland Institute of Music. He has been a fellowship conductor at the Aspen Music Festival, a teaching assistant at the Brevard Music Center, and a finalist at the New World Symphony and Debut Orchestras.

Pianist Kathryn Brown has performed around the globe as concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. She is widely hailed for her interpretations from Mozart to Gershwin, as well as her premieres of the new music of today.

She gave her New York Recital Debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. She has been featured on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago, Cleveland’s Severance Hall and the German Embassy, the Philips Collection, and the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. International highlights include concerts at Prague’s Rudolfinum Hall, the University of London, and the National Theatre in Ghana, Africa.

She has appeared on Columbia Artists’ Community Concert Series and performed an extensive tour of Sweden, Africa and Estonia as winner of the United States Information Agency (USIA) Artistic Ambassador Program. 

An accomplished singer and recitalist, Brown’s performance highlights include premieres at Severance Hall with the Cleveland Orchestra, as well as feature roles at the Aspen Music Festival and Tanglewood Music Center.  Kathryn Brown is an enthusiastic supporter of the education of young musicians and presents master classes, lectures and is a frequent juror of competitions nationally and internationally. Brown currently serves as Head of the Piano Department and Head of Keyboard Division at the Cleveland Institute of Music. 

The Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1971, exists to enrich the Hendersonville and Henderson County communities with live symphonic performances and music education opportunities for youth and adults.
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Guest Conductor John Concklin
Pianist Kathryn Brown

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