Press Release, January 21, 2013

“Romantic Legends” is the theme for the next pair of concerts by the York Symphony Orchestra, on February 16 and 17.

Guest conductor Janez Govednik will lead the orchestra in three of Tchaikovsky’s best loved set pieces – the Capriccio Italien, the “Polonaise” from Eugene Onegin, and the dramatic Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture.

The concerts will also mark the return to the YSO of multi-award winning pianist Su Jeon, to  play Chopin’s Piano Concerto #1.

Janez Govednik studied conducting in Moscow and Vienna before receiving his Masters Degree in Conducting at the St.Petersburg Conservatory. A former assistant conductor at the Bolshoi Theatre, he has been engaged as a guest conductor, lecturer, and  adjudicator for international conductors’ competitions in Europe, and has conducted choirs and orchestras across North America.

Praised by the Winnipeg Free Press as a "dynamo pianist" with an "intense focus, virtuosic technique" and "poetic sensibility,” Su Jeon continues to captivate audiences throughout Canada and abroad. A winner of the Van Cliburn Scholarship at Juilliard, and the Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition, among many other awards, Ms. Jeon has performed throughout North America and abroad, in recent years appearing in notable venues such as Lincoln Center, Chicago Cultural Center, and Teatro Jovellanos in Spain. She has been heard with the Arlington Philharmonic, Aspen Concert Orchestra, Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, Banff Festival Orchestra, and the Hart House Orchestra of the University of Toronto, among others.

 The concerts are Saturday, February 16th at 8 pm at the Trinity Anglican Church in Aurora, and Sunday February 17 at 7:30 at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts.

Tickets for February 16th may be purchased by calling 416 410-0860; for Sunday February 17 call 905 787-8811 or go online at www.rhcentre.caTickets will also be available at the door of both venues.