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November 13, 2000

Zuckerman to play Glenn Nov. 14

By Deb Hammacher

World-renowned violinist Pinchas Zukerman will kick off the 2000-01 Candler Music Series at Glenn Auditorium, when he headlines a chamber ensemble performance of Mozart and Schubert, Nov. 14 at 8:15 p.m. Also performing will be Cynthia Phelps on viola, Ralph Kirshbaum on cello, Yefim Bronfman on piano and Timothy Cobb on double bass.

“Zukerman is himself one of the finest musicians in the world today, both as a soloist and as a chamber player,” said Kendall Simpson, director of the concerts division. “The artists on this program, who all are renowned in their own right, have decided to come together to perform some of the most noted classical music for the chamber repertoire, and it’s always a privilege to have Zukerman on your stage for what he can do as an artist.”

The program is an excellent selection of pieces for a chamber ensemble, according to Simpson. Mozart’s “Divertimento” has been arranged in many configurations and this time will be performed in an arrangement for string trio. “Schubert’s ‘Trout’ is one of the most noted quintet pieces in the entire chamber repertoire, so it will be a treat to see such a gifted ensemble’s interpretation,” Simpson said.

Zukerman was music director of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra in Minnesota from 1980–87. He also served as music director of the South Bank Festival in England from 1979–81; principal guest conductor of the Dallas Symphony’s International Summer Music Festival from 1991–95 and the Dallas Symphony from 1993–95; and artistic director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Summer MusicFest from 1996–99.

In 1999 Zukerman was named to a three-season term as artist-in-residence of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. He has conducted many of the world’s leading orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Montreal Symphony and Berlin Philharmonic.

Born in 1948 in Tel Aviv, Israel, Zukerman began musical training with his father. Guided by Isaac Stern and Pablo Casals, and with the support of the America-Israel Cultural and Helena Rubinstein foundations, he came to America in 1962 to study with Ivan Galamian at Juilliard. In 1967 Zukerman won the 25th Leventritt International Competition.

Zukerman’s discography of more than 100 releases includes recordings that have garnered 21 Grammy nominations and two Grammy awards for Best Chamber Music Performance in 1980 and Best Classical Performance-International Soloist with Orchestra in 1981.

Phelps is currently the principal violist of the New York Philharmonic, and her career includes both solo and recital work, as well as numerous chamber music appearances.

Kirshbaum is considered a member of “the highest echelon of today’s cellists” (Los Angeles Times), and his career includes performances with the world’s leading symphony orchestras, solo recital appearances, chamber music collaborations and recordings.

Bronfman was born in the former Soviet Union, emigrated to Israel in 1973 and later became a U.S. citizen. He made his Washington recital debut at the Kennedy Center in 1981 and at Carnegie Hall in 1989, the year he became an American citizen. In 1991, he was awarded the Avery Fisher Prize, one of the highest honors given to an American instrumentalist.

Cobb is associate principal double bassist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. He is on the faculty of Manhattan School of Music and Purchase College (N.Y.). He became a member of the Chicago Symphony during his senior year of high school, then went on to graduate from the Curtis Institute of Music.

This is Zukerman’s second Emory appearance—the first was in 1988—and only a few tickets remain. Tickets range from $23 to $30. To order or for more information, call 404-727-5050 or e-mail


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