The Abilene Philharmonic will start off the New Year with internationally acclaimed cellist Julie Albers performing Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E minor during Masterworks III, at 8pm on January 26th at the Abilene Civic Center. This concert also features Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major and Mozart’s Symphony No. 41.
Julie Albers is already recognized for her superlative artistry, her charismatic and radiant performing style and her intense musicianship. She began violin studies at the age of two with her mother, switching to cello at four. She moved to Cleveland during her junior year of high school to pursue studies through the Young Artist Program at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Richard Aaron.
Miss Albers soon was awarded the Grand Prize at the XIII International Competition for Young Musicians in Douai, France, and as a result toured France as soloist with Orchestre Symphonique de Douai.
Julie Albers made her major orchestral debut with the Cleveland Orchestra in 1998, and thereafter has performed in recital and with orchestras in the U.S., Europe, Korea, Taiwan and New Zealand. In 2001 she won Second Prize in Munich’s Internationalen Musikwettbewerbes der ARD, at which time she was also awarded the Wilhelm-Weichsler-Musikpreis der Stadt Osnabruch 2001. While in Germany, she recorded solo and chamber music of Kodaly for the Bavarian Radio, performances that have been heard throughout Europe. In November 2003, Miss Albers was named the first Gold Medal Laureate of South Korea’s Gyeongnam International Music Competition, winning the $25,000 Grand Prize.
The Abilene Philharmonic is comprised of some of the country's finest musicians. The Orchestra is proud to have David Itkin as its Music Director and Conductor. Artistic excellence, innovative programming, education, and community engagement are hallmarks of its mission.
All of the regular season concerts (Classical and Pops) will be performed at the Abilene Civic Center beginning at 8pm. For more information about the Abilene Philharmonic, visit www.abilenephilharmonic.org. Tickets start as low as $10 and are available for purchase by phone at 325-677-6710 or on the Philharmonic’s website.
In its 62nd year, the Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra is one of Abilene’s oldest performing arts organizations. Led by Music Director and Conductor David Itkin, the Philharmonic is the only professional orchestra within 80 miles of Abilene and draws audiences from more than 50 Texas cities. The Philharmonic provides opportunities for the public to enjoy excellence in symphonic performance by offering musical diversity and innovative educational programs in order to enrich the quality of life in our community. Information concerning the Abilene Philharmonic’s 2012 season and donor opportunities may be found by visiting www.abilenephilharmonic.org.