Posting Date: September 13, 2010

Orion Weiss to perform in Premiere Series

Performance features talented young pianist

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Orion Weiss

KENNESAW, Ga.—As part of the Kennesaw State University Premiere Series, Orion Weiss will perform in concert at 3 p.m. on Sept. 26 in the Performance Hall of the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center. At age 28, the Juilliard graduate and student of revered pianist Emanuel Ax is an accomplished young pianist. Weiss has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony, New World Symphony, Vancouver Symphony and the New York Philharmonic, as well as touring in Israel and China.

Weiss is in high demand both as a soloist and musical collaborator, winning acclaim from audiences, critics and colleagues in a wide range of repertoire and formats. The Cincinnati Post remarked, “There is a new star on the pianistic horizon. His name is Orion Weiss and like his astrological namesake, he is a constellation unto himself.”

Originally from Lyndhurst, Ohio, Weiss began playing the piano at the age of three. He attended the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with Paul Schenly. He made his Cleveland Orchestra debut in 1999 performing Liszt’s “Piano Concerto No. 1,” and stepped in with less than 24 hours notice to replace André Watts during the same year for a performance of Shostakovich’s “Piano Concerto No. 2” with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Weiss made his New York recital debut in 2005 at Alice Tully Hall in the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and he made his European debut the same year in a recital at the Musée du Louvre in Paris. He has collaborated with cellists Lynn Harrell, Alisa Weilerstein, and Christopher Rex; clarinetist David Shifrin; violinist Itzhak Perlman and pianist Anna Polonsky. Weiss has received the Gilmore Young Artist Award, an Avery Fisher Career Grant and numerous other awards and recognition.

Tickets for the event are $30 and are available at the KSU box office. For more information, call 770-423-6650.



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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 70 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including new doctorates in education, business and nursing. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 22,500 from 142 countries.

The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts departments.



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