ASO to welcome Benjamin Zander as guest conductor on January 19

The Akron Symphony Orchestra is pleased to welcome Benjamin Zander as guest conductor for Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony on Jan. 19, 2019.

Music was Benjamin’s life at a very early age. When he was nine, Benjamin was already composing and by 12 he was studying under Benjamin Britten and Imogen Holst. He left home at the age of 15 to study for five years with the great Spanish cellist Gaspar Cassado in Florence and at the State Academy in Cologne. After completing his degree at London University, he went to the United States on a Harkness Fellowship and has made his home in Boston ever since.

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As conductor of the Boston Philharmonic since its formation in 1978, and a guest conductor of numerous orchestras, Benjamin has become the center of an intensive following of some of the most well-informed musical intellectuals in America. For nearly 30 years, beginning with Michael Steinberg’s passionate advocacy on his behalf in the pages of The Boston Globe, critics and the public have been united in their praise of Benjamin’s interpretations of the central repertory.

For 45 years he was on the faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music, where his class on interpretation attracted students from all over the world, and he travels extensively giving masterclasses, conducting guest performances, and touring with his own recently formed Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.

Tickets for the Jan. 19 performance of Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony, along with each of our concerts, are available online or by calling the Symphony Box Office at 330.535.8131.

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