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Published: Mon Sep 28, 2009

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The first of three young international soloists to perform with the Bryan Symphony Orchestra at Tennessee Tech University arrives in Cookeville next week to open this season’s Symphony Social recital series.

Spanish clarinetist Jose Franch-Ballester, who’s been described as one of the most promising young musicians of his generation, will give a recital during the event, which begins at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 9, at the home of Charles and Joane Kibbons in Cookeville. Tickets are $25, and advance reservations are required; seating is limited to 75. Call 931-525-2633 by Wednesday, Oct. 7.

Franch-Ballester will perform the solo of Mozart’s “Clarinet Concerto in A Major” during the Bryan Symphony Orchestra’s first subscription concert of the 2009-2010 season beginning at 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 11, in TTU’s Wattenbarger Auditorium.

Tickets for Sunday’s concert are $28 for adults, $24 for seniors 65 and up, and $8 for students. Call the Bryan Symphony Orchestra Association office at 931-525-2633 for advance reservations. While reservations are limited, tickets are generally available at the door on Sunday as subscribers release their seats to the reservation line. The ticket window, located in the lobby of the Bryan Fine Arts Building, opens at noon on Sunday.

The Oct. 11 program also includes Mendelssohn’s “Symphony No. 4, Italian” and the overture from Rossini’s “Barber of Seville,” which is a prelude to the BSO’s November performance of Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro.” Sunday’s concert is sponsored by Regions Bank.

A native of Moncofa in Valencia, Spain, Franch-Ballester is a 2008 recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant. In 2007 he was among a handful of participants selected for a Carnegie Hall Professional Training Workshop and was listed among the country’s "most prominent emerging soloists” by “Symphony,” the magazine of the American League of Orchestras.

In The New York Times, he’s been described as a “natural onstage” who plays with “technical wizardry and tireless enthusiasm,” while The New York Sun characterizes him as “sweetly nostalgic, breathily passionate, and busily humorous.”

This season he’ll perform throughout the U.S., South America, Europe, Korea and Japan, and will play recitals in New York, Michigan, Philadelphia, Panama City, Colombia and Tokyo.

In addition to the Friday night recital and Sunday afternoon concert, other upcoming symphony-related activities include:

• Concert preview luncheon in Crossville: 11 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 7, at the Palace Theater. Cost is $10 and payable at the door. Call 931-484-6133 for reservations by Monday, Oct. 5.

• Broadcast of "BSO Backstage": 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 7, on public television station WCTE-TV, Ch. 22 (local cable channel 10). Rebroadcast TBA; check the online program guide at

• Master class of TTU student musicians and guest artist Franch-Ballester: 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Oct. 10, Wattenbarger Auditorium. The public is welcome.

• Concert preview lecture by TTU music faculty member Catherine Godes: 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 11, Room 223 of the Bryan Fine Arts Building.

• Post-concert dinner at Mauricio’s Italian Restaurant, located at 232 N. Peachtree Ave., Cookeville. Call 931-525-2633 for reservations.

Other guest artists appearing with the BSO this season are classical guitarist Petar Jankovic and pianist Di Wu.

The Bryan Symphony Orchestra, a member of the League of American Orchestras, is the only professional symphony in a rural area of Tennessee. Wattenbarger Auditorium is the concert hall of the Bryan Fine Arts Building on the TTU campus. Learn more about the BSO’s program by visiting its web site at