Park Avenue Chamber Symphony Displays "Cinematic Genius" Dec. 5-6

Classic Arts Features   Park Avenue Chamber Symphony Displays "Cinematic Genius" Dec. 5-6
Park Avenue Chamber Symphony, under the baton of David Bernard, continues its 10th anniversary season with "Cinematic Genius: Strauss, Mozart & Shostakovich." The exploration of classical works prominent in popular films features young pianist Drew Petersen on Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20.


The ensemble invites audiences to "hear the original orchestral works that inspired Stanley Kubrick, Milos Foreman and others in some of the most popular films of our time. Park Avenue Chamber Symphony presents Cinematic Genius, a musical tour of the films 2001: A Space Odyssey, Amadeus and Patriot Games."

"Music has always been used by filmmakers to convey mood and atmosphere, and to play on the viewer's emotions," said Bernard. "The best directors have tapped the power of the orchestral repertoire to reach beyond the screen into our shared memories."

"Cinematic Genius: Strauss, Mozart & Shostakovich"
Saturday, December 5, 2009 at 8PM
Sunday, December 6, 2009 at 3PM

All Saints Church, 230 East 60th Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues

David Bernard, Conductor
Drew Petersen, Piano

Strauss - On the Beautiful Blue Danube
Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 20
Shostakovich - Symphony No. 5

Tickets, priced at $20 for general admission and $10 for Students and Seniors, can be purchased through or at the door.


"From the Top" alumnus, Drew Petersen, will perform the Mozart Piano Concerto No. 20. Now fifteen years old, the New Jersey native was awarded a scholarship from the Chopin Foundation of the United States and won both the Manhattan School of Music Concerto Competition and the Yonkers Philharmonic Concerto Competition in just the past two years. Mr. Petersen's appearance as a soloist with PACS is part of the orchestra's celebration of "From the Top" throughout its 10th season.

Through award-winning NPR and PBS programs, online media, a national tour of live events, and education programs, "From the Top" shares the stories and performances of pre- collegiate musicians with millions each week. In addition to Drew Petersen, this season, the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony is featuring two other "From the Top" program artists, violinists Anna Lee and Sirena Huang.

Recognized as New York's premier amateur orchestra, the critically acclaimed Park Avenue Chamber Symphony (PACS) has built a reputation for artistic excellence and philanthropic leadership. PACS frequently performs in New York City's major concert halls and venues, including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Riverside Church, Alice Tully Hall, and Merkin Hall. PACS performances have been broadcast on WQXR and WNYC radio and have been covered by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Daily News.

Read Jennifer Flaster's special profile on the Symphony
Changing the Rules: The Park Avenue Chamber Symphony's Professional Sound

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