Bridges to the Future

Bridges to the Future
Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014
8:30 PM
Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall
Saul Zaks, Director
University of Southern Denmark Symphony Orchestra
Sandra Dackow, Director
The Hershey Symphony Orchestra
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Participating Ensembles:

University of Southern Denmark Symphony Orchestra
University of Southern Denmark Symphony Orchestra
Hershey Symphony

University of Southern Denmark Symphony Orchestra

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Saul Zaks
The University of Southern Denmark Symphony Orchestra is the first and so far the only Danish symphony orchestra to be affiliated with a university. It was founded in 2002 by its present conductor, Saul Zaks, who also conducts the University of Southern Denmark Chamber Choir. The orchestra consists of eighty university students as well as young, talented musicians from the region of Southern Denmark. 
 
Over the years, the orchestra has participated in concerts as well as radio and TV shows across Europe and in Latin America. Its varied repertoire ranges from Scandinavian music to modern-style tango. It has been credited as an ensemble with "international experience, class and a repertoire with a noble ambition."
 
Former projects have been supported financially by the University of Southern Denmark, The A.P. Møller and Chastine Mc-Kinney Møller Foundation for General Purposes, UNESCO, The Bikuben Foundation, Bang & Olufsen, The Oticon Foundation, actor Viggo Mortensen, The Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik Foundation, The Officer Jorck & Wife Emma Jorck Foundation, The Carl Nielsen and Anne Marie Carl Nielsen Scholarship, Danish Conductors Association, Novo Nordic Sponsorships, DOF ASA (Norway), The Mads Manufacturer Clausen Foundation, Child & Youth Camp Educators Association, The Jascha Foundation, HRH Princess Maxima of the Netherlands, former American president, William Jefferson Clinton, The Hans Christian Andersen Foundation, UNICEF representatives Michala Petri and Børge Wagner. 
 
The aim of the University of Southern Denmark Symphony Orchestra is to seek opportunities for cultural and musical meetings at unique venues around the world and at the same time help preserve our planet. Such exchanges and personal meetings with audiences and other musicians in New York will bring increased understanding of, and insight into, the orchestra's mission. At the same time, the University of Southern Denmark Symphony Orchestra will present its audience with Danish and Scandinavian traditions, values and commitments. 
 
The Carnegie Hall project is supported by the actor Viggo Mortensen and the the ambassador Theis Truelsen (patrons), the A.P. Møller Foundation, Danske Bank, Falck and the University of Southern Denmark.
 

University of Southern Denmark Symphony Orchestra

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Hershey Symphony

Sandra Dackow
Sandra Dackow
For more than four decades, the Hershey Symphony Orchestra has entertained music lovers throughout Central Pennsylvania. The Hershey Symphony is an orchestra of accomplished musicians, voluntarily giving of their time and talents for the purpose of creating a cultural experience both for community/personal enrichment and enjoyment. The orchestra is located in Hershey, Pennsylvania, and its 80 members come from a wide area of Eastern and Central Pennsylvania. They rehearse weekly and perform throughout the year in a season that includes four subscription concerts and an annual POPS feature at the Hershey Theatre, an Annual "Shall We Dance" Benefit Gala and many special performances at community locations. In addition,  the orchestra's  popular spinoff, the Hershey Symphony Big Band continues to entertain audiences across Pennsylvania.
 
Concert programs include music from all periods and styles – classical to romantic, baroque to contemporary, symphonic to Broadway – exposing both the musicians and audiences to a wide variety of musical literature. Making a special effort to honor local talent, the orchestra has featured many local musicians and musical organizations as guest soloists.
 
The Hershey Symphony currently sponsors two annual programs for youth music education. The Orchestra's Festival Strings Program provides an opportunity for middle-school children from Central Pennsylvania to meet and form a temporary youth string orchestra, and then to give a formal concert for the public. This program is designed for beginning musicians who are not yet sufficiently skilled to be a part of a formal area youth orchestra. This program fills a void for musicians at this level. The Young Artist Competition strives to foster young artists with superior musical abilities who reside in South Central Pennsylvania.
Dr. Sandra Dackow earned the Bachelor of Music, Master of Music and the Ph.D. from the Eastman School of Music of The University of Rochester. An Aspen Conducting fellow in 2001, she was also awarded the Silver Medal in the 2001 Vakhtang Jordania/New Millennium International Conducting Competition in Kharkov, Ukraine. She is currently serving as Music Director of the Hershey Symphony Orchestra in Pennsylvania and is a former Music Director of the Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra in New Jersey. Recent guest conducting has included appearances with the Helena Symphony, Montana, the All-Queensland Honors Orchestra in Brisbane, Australia, the Kharkov Philharmonic in Ukraine, the Rapides Symphony, Alexandria, Louisiana and the Monroe Symphony, also in Louisiana and the Spartanburg Philharmonic, South Carolina, as well as a tour with the Moriah College Orchestra in Australia. Upcoming appearances, in addition to those with the Herhsey Symphony, include concerts with the Danbury Symphony, Connecticut, a performance of the Hershey Symphony Festival Strings during the MENC National Conference in Salt Lake City, and performances with Festival and Honors Orchestras.
 
A Native of East Paterson (Elmwood Park), New Jersey, Dr. Dackow has conducted bands and orchestras in the schools of Glen Rock and East Brunswick, New Jersey, and served as Supervisor of Music for the Ridgewood NJ public schools. A former chair of the string department and orchestra director at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania, she has been a visiting faculty member during the summer sessions of the Eastman School of Music, Temple University, Montclair State College NJ, Wichita State University, the University of Alaska, Fairbanks and the Cork School of Music, Ireland. She most recently served on the faculty of Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts, as director of the University Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble.
 
An annual ASCAP award winning arranger, Dr. Dackow has generated over seventy published works for orchestras and is an author of the Orchestra Expressions curriculum. She is active as a guest conductor, adjudicator and clinician across the nation and Canada, in England, Hong Kong, Singapore, Ukraine, South Africa and throughout Australia and Ireland. Articles of hers have appeared in major professional journals and she has contributed to, or co-authored music reference books, methods and texts. Dr. Dackow currently serves as President-elect of the Conductors Guild, an international organization.