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Longmont Symphony Orchestra Presents a World Premiere Symphony by Longmont Composer

The Longmont Symphony Orchestra (LSO) will present a world premiere symphony written by Longmont‐based composer Michael Udow on Saturday, Feb. 24 at the Vance Brand Civic Auditorium, 600 E. Mountain View Ave., beginning at 7:30 p.m. The concert will also feature Denver‐based cellist Matthew Zalkind and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4. A free pre‐concert talk with conductor Elliot Moore will be held in the Commons area at 6:30 p.m.

Conductor Elliot Moore with the Longmont Symphony Orchestra Photo: Smiling Elk Photography

Single tickets are $25 for adults; $22 for seniors and active military; $5 for students ages 12‐18; free for ages 11 and under. Tickets can be purchased over the phone at 303‐772‐5796 or online at longmontsymphony.org.

Fulbright‐Hayes Fellow, Michael Udow, was the 2014‐15 Composer‐in‐Residence with the Colorado Chamber Orchestra. Udow has composed operas, film scores, orchestral and wind ensemble works, as well as numerous chamber music and solo compositions. Having retired after a distinguished career at The Santa Fe Opera (Principal Percussion 1968‐2009) and the University of Michigan (1982‐2011 Emeritus Professor), he now devotes his time towards composing from his home in Longmont. Udow continues to provide short term composition and percussion residencies at conservatories and universities around the world, most recently in China, Japan, Korea and the USA.

Longmont composer Michael Udow Photo: Black Tea Music

Praised for his “impressive refinement, eloquent phrasing, and singing tone” by The New York Times following an Avery Fisher Hall concerto debut, Denver-based cellist Matthew Zalkind performs regularly as a recitalist, soloist and chamber musician. As a soloist, Zalkind has performed concerti with such organizations as the Utah Symphony, the Moscow Chamber Players, the Albany Symphony, the Juilliard Symphony Orchestra and many additional orchestras here and abroad. A frequent recitalist, he has given solo recitals at the Kennedy Center, Phillips Collection, Tongyeong Arts Center in Korea, Dame Myra Hess series in Chicago, Moscow Conservatory, Juilliard School, Beijing Concert Hall and many other international venues.

Zalkind garnered top prizes in the Washington International Competition, Isang Yun International Competition, Beijing International Competition, and the Juilliard School Concerto Competition. He is in his second year as Assistant Professor of Cello at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music. He received diplomas from Juilliard and the University of Michigan as a student of Richard Aaron and Timothy Eddy. He plays on a rare Italian cello made by Florentine maker Luigi Piatellini c. 1760, and a bow by John Dodd c. 1800.

Denver-based cellist Matthew Zalkind

The Longmont Symphony Orchestra’s mission is to foster and promote the appreciation and understanding of symphonic music through performances and educational programs. The LSO presents 13 performances each year, a six‐concert subscription series, a pair of children’s concerts for all St. Vrain Valley School District 5th graders, two performances of the Nutcracker Ballet, a Candlelight Concert, a July 4th concert and a chamber orchestra concert at the Longmont Museum, and has an active educational outreach program. For more information, visit longmontsymphony.org.