Famed trombonist Jörgen van Rijen will join The University
of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra for its second concert
of the 2003-2004 season Nov. 6 in Bennett Auditorium.
principal trombone for the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam,
stepped in for the originally scheduled performer Joe Alessi, principal
trombonist for the New York Philharmonic, who had an unexpected
the School of Music are very fortunate to have a gifted and internationally
known trombonist in our faculty ranks who could secure another performer
of equal caliber with Joe Alessi," said Dr. Jay Dean, musical
director of the symphony. "Dr. Marta Hofacre, professor of
trombone at Southern Miss, was able to engage Jörgen immediately,
and we are looking forward to having him on our program."
program opens with Richard Wagner's Overture to Tannhäuser
featuring the symphony. Rijen then joins the ensemble for Johann
Georg Albrechtsberger's "Concerto for Alto Trombone and Strings."
Rijen performs Launy Grøndahl's "Concerto for Trombone
and Orchestra." The concert closes with W.A. Mozart's "Symphony
No. 40 in G Minor, K. 550."
Rijen was born
in 1975 and began playing the trombone at the age of 8. He has studied
with Geroge Wiegel at the Rotterdam Conservatory, where he received
his master's degree summa cum laude. Interestingly enough, Alessi
was among several teachers with whom Rijen has studied through master
classes and lessons.
of several first prizes at international trombone competitions,
Rijen made his solo debut in March 2001 with the Royal Concertgebouw
Orchestra with Henri Tomasi's trombone concerto. He has since performed
with several orchestras, including the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra,
the Netherlands Fanfare Orchestra and the windband of the Royal
Dutch Marine, and has given numerous master classes internationally.
Rijen also teaches trombone at the Rotterdam Conservatory.
highlights of the BancorpSouth-sponsored season include a presentation
of Handel's "Messiah" Dec. 4; the William T. Gower Awards
concert Feb. 5, 2004; a concert March 4, 2004, devoted to Beethoven's
"Symphony No. 9," given in conjunction with the exhibition
of "The Glory of Baroque Dresden" in Jackson; and a Richard
Wagner spectacular with "Scenes from 'The Ring'" April
have been very positive about our concentrated effort to bring great
classical music to our concert hall during the 2003-04 season,"
Dean said. "There is so much great literature that we can share
with our patrons and so many wonderfully talented performers for
us to draw upon in presenting these programs.
equally as proud to continue our relationship with BancorpSouth,
as they have been so supportive of the symphony family," Dean
said. "We appreciate the support they have given to the university
over the years and now, more specifically, to the university's symphony."
the 7:30 p.m. concert are $18, $16, and $14 and are available through
the Southern Miss Ticket Office at (601) 266-5418 or 800-844-8425.
Tickets may be ordered online at www.usm.edu/tickets.
For more information,
call the symphony office at (601) 266-4001 or visit online at www.usm.edu/arts.