BSO to perform world's most famous cello concerto Feb. 10

Posted by Karen Lykins - Monday, February 04 2013
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thumb M_Kosower_copyThe Bryan Symphony Orchestra at Tennessee Tech University opens the second half of its 50th anniversary season with a guest appearance by one of the country's most respected cellists, Mark Kosower of the Cleveland Orchestra.

The performance begins at 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 10, in TTU's Wattenbarger Auditorium. Tickets are $32 for adults and $27 for seniors 65 and up. Call 931-525-2633 for availability. The performance is sponsored by Robert and Julia Lowe and First Tennessee Foundation.

Kosower will perform Antonin Dvorak's haunting and emotional masterpiece "Cello Concerto in B Minor."

Work by Robert Schumann appears on the Bryan Symphony's upcoming program as well, with his deeply romantic "Overture, Scherzo and Finale in E Major." And with a nod to seasons past, the Bryan Symphony will perform the "Overture to Singin' Billy," written by BSO namesake Charles Faulkner Bryan and last performed by the BSO in 1992 during its 30th anniversary season.

Solo cellist with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra of Germany from 2006 until joining the Cleveland Orchestra in 2010, Kosower makes regular appearances as guest soloist with orchestras, both nationally and internationally, and two albums featuring his work have recently been released on the Naxos label. An Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, Kosower has appeared in the Great Performers series at Lincoln Center, at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Juilliard String Quartet.

Kosower's appearance in February with the Bryan Symphony Orchestra is his third; in 2007, he performed the Shostakovich "Cello Concerto No. 1," and in 2003, at Music Director Dan Allcott's first concert with the BSO, Kosower performed the Schumann "Cello Concerto in A Minor."

During his stay in Cookeville, Kosower is also giving a recital as part of Tennessee Tech's CenterStage cultural programming. Admission is free for this performance, which begins at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 7, in Wattenbarger Auditorium.

Between now and the day after the concert, the Bryan Symphony Orchestra is hosting events in Cookeville and Crossville. Visit the BSO's web site at for a full schedule. Learn more about the Feb. 10 concert on "BSO Backstage" at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 3, and Thursday, Feb. 7. "BSO Backstage" is produced and hosted by Desiree Duncan and public television station WCTE-TV (Ch. 10 on Charter cable in Cookeville and Ch. 22 on Dish and Direct satellite).

The only professional symphony in Tennessee outside a metropolitan area in the state, the Bryan Symphony is celebrating its 50th anniversary during the 2012-2013 season. Learn more at