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Lake Forest Symphony to Perform Saturday and Sunday

Music lovers can shake off winter's chill at one of two exciting performances of the music of Beethoven, Shostakovich, and Rossini performed this weekend by the Lake Forest Symphony under the baton of a dynamic guest conductor and featuring an internationally celebrated young pianist.

The program will include Beethoven’s popular Symphony No. 3 ("Eroica"), Rossini’s Semiramide Overture and Piano Concerto No. 2 by Shostakovich featuring pianist Lukáš Vondráček.

Performances will be held at 8 p.m. Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday at the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of the College of Lake County, 19351 West Washington Street in Grayslake. There will be a pre-concert lecture an hour before each performance led by well-known music lecturer Jim Kendros.

The guest conductor for the performances will be Andrés Franco, resident conductor of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and one of the five conductors chosen as a finalist in the search for the symphony’s next music director. Selected from an international pool of 150 applicants, he and the other four finalists were each invited to conduct a concert weekend during the symphony’s 2013-14 subscription season.

Throughout the season, concert guests are being invited to participate in the selection process both before and after the performances. Audience members can participate in a survey, the guest conductor  is introduced and addresses the group at the pre-concert lectures, and there are receptions in the lobby following each performance that provide the opportunity to meet the conductor, guest soloist and musicians.

The widespread interest in the Lake Forest Symphony’s search for a new music director resulted in a series of radio documentaries, entitled “The Search”, being produced and broadcast by 98.7 WFMT. Each of five segmentsprovides an in-depth portrait of the guest conductor candidates as well as an exploration of the search process itself. The final two concert weekends will be in April and May.

In addition to the five broadcasts, WFMT will create a one-hour radio documentary about the Lake Forest Symphony search process for national and international syndication. To hear recent programs and learn more visit http://blogs.wfmt.com/thesearch/.

For more information or to order tickets, visit the Lake Forest Symphony website at www.lakeforestsymphony.org or call (847) 295-2135.

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