Tuckwell gives final performance as soloist

January 20, 1997

BALTIMORE - Guest Conductor George Cleve leads the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and internationally acclaimed horn player Barry Tuckwell for his final performances as a soloist Thursday, Jan. 23, and Friday, Jan. 24, at 8 p.m. in Celebrity Series performances, and Saturday, Jan. 25 at 11 a.m. in a Casual Series concert at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St.

The program on Thursday and Friday consists of Adolphus Hailstork's Symphony No. 1, Mozart's Horn Concerto No. 3 in E-flat Major, K. 447; Oliver Knussen's Horn Concerto and Claude Debussy's "La Mer." Saturday's program includes Mozart's Horn Concerto No. 3 and Debussy's "La Mer."

Travel Plans Inc. from Hagerstown is sponsoring round-trip motor coach transportation from Hagerstown to Baltimore for the concert weekend. For information, call Bonnie Diehl at 797-3200.

Cleve made his conducting debut with Cleveland Orchestra in 1965. He recently was named music director laureate of the San Jose Symphony after 20 years as music director of that orchestra. Also active in opera, he has led productions at many American opera companies.


Tuckwell's multifaceted musical career as soloist, chamber musician and conductor has taken him all over the world, performing regularly in North America, Britain, Europe, Japan and Australia.

Tuckwell has become well-known as a conductor, appearing with orchestras in England, Germany and the Netherlands, as well as in the United States where he has led the symphonies of Cincinnati, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, St. Louis, Vancouver and Miami New World Symphony. He has served as music director of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and is founding music director of Maryland Symphony Orchestra in Hagerstown, a position he still holds. He has recorded on the Decca/London label and has more than 45 recordings and three Grammy nominations to his credit.

Tuckwell was born in Melbourne, Australia, and was able to read music before he could read words. After studying piano, organ and violin, he was introduced to the horn age 13, and was appointed third horn with Melbourne Symphony by the time he was 15.

Tuckwell joined Sydney Symphony Orchestra at age 16, leaving shortly thereafter for England where he played with Halle and Scottish national orchestras.

At age 23 he was appointed principal horn of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, and the following year won the same position with London Symphony Orchestra. He remained with London Symphony Orchestra until he resigned to pursue a solo career. Tuckwell is a fellow of Royal College of Music, fellow of Royal Society of Arts, honorary member of Royal Academy of Music, honorary member of Guildhall School of Music and Drama and holds an honorary degree of doctor of music from University of Sydney.

Support for Cleve's and Tuckwell's appearances on the celebrity concerts is provided by Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Guest Artist Fund. Support for their appearances on the casual concert is provided by Peggy and Yale Gordon Trust Casual Series Guest Artist Fund.

Tickets are $19 to $38 or $52 for box seats for Thursday's and Friday's celebrity performances and $12 to $18 or $27 for box seats for Saturday's casual concert and are available through the symphony's ticket office in the lobby of Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. The ticket office is open Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.; and one hour prior to performances. Groups of 20 or more can receive discounts.

For information, call 1-410-783-8000.

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