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Symphony Fall Pops Concert Sunday

Thursday, October 25, 2012

The Cherokee Symphony will stage its Fall Pops Concert on Sunday.

Maestro Lee Thorson and the Cherokee symphony will be performing: English Folk songs Suite 1. March "Seventeen come Sunday" 2. "Intermezzo My Bonny Boy" 3. March " Folk Songs from Somerset."

James Johnson
Symphony of American Folksongs 1. Oh Susannah! ( Steven Foster) 2. On Top of Old Smoky 3. Frog Went A-Courtin' 4. I've Been Working on the Railroad.

Beach Boys Medley for Orchestra 1. Good Vibrations 2. I Get Around 3. California Girls.

Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin, James Johnson, Piano.

Guest performer will be James Johnson.

James Johnson has earned a distinguished international reputation through his recordings and performances with the Royal Philharmonic in London, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Prague Chamber Soloists, the Slovenian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Victoria Symphony, and the Boston Pops. Compared in the European press to such legendary giants as Horowitz, Gilels, Kempf, and Arrau, James Johnson is a pianist of spellbinding technique, whose playing reveals "enthralling dynamic and agogic work, enormous richness of tone," (Saarbruecker Zeitung) and "a difficult-to-explain mystical quality." (Die Rheinpfalz)

A native of South Carolina, James Johnson earned his BM, MM and DMA degrees at the University of Arizona. He is Professor of Music at the University of Nebraska at Omaha where he teaches Piano, Piano Literature, Piano Pedagogy, and Accompanying. Prior to his tenure at UNO, he was Professor of Music and Chairman of the Music Department at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Johnson has been honored with numerous teaching awards, including the University-wide Excellence in Teaching Award at the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2001. In 2004, Johnson was selected as Teacher of the Year by the Nebraska Music Teachers Association.

As always, Symphony concerts are performed at the Cherokee Community Center. Concert time is 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is by season ticket or $10 for adults. Children and students are admitted free. Popcorn and punch will be served.

Please come and enjoy an afternoon of music performed by one of northwest Iowa's premier symphony orchestras.

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