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Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra Presents "Across the Sea"

News release—ON RECEIPT

Contacts: Barbara Zach, Executive Director, 476-2211,

Edward Polochick, Music Director, (443) 416-5050

Alice Giles, soloist,


World renowned harpist, Alice Giles, joins Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra for “Across the Sea,” Sunday, October 26 at 5:00 PM at the Lied Center for Performing Arts.

Alice Giles is praised by composer Luciano Berio as “The most intelligent, sensitive and technically accomplished harpist I have ever met.” Giles gained international notice after winning the 8th Israel International Harp Contest at age 21, and continued to add to her rich biography with awards, premieres, recordings, and reputable teaching experience.

Giles is actively involved in commissioning and performing new music, and she will be performing modern composer Bright Sheng’s Never Far Away. This piece showcases the harp’s capacity not just for the ethereal, but also the dramatic, and contains musical references to traditional Chinese music. Explaining the title of the piece, Sheng writes, “Never Far Away is a reference to an old saying, ’If your native culture is still the inspiration of your work, you are never far away from your motherland.’”

The rest of the program features Impressionistic music, starting with Jacques Ibert’s Escales, or “Ports of Call,” inspired by the composer’s time in the Mediterranean. After intermission, LSO will perform Ravel’s Rapsodie Espagnole, a piece influenced by the musical heritage of his mother. The concert ends with La Mer, or The Sea, Debussy’s famous Three Symphonic Sketches for Orchestra.

“I’m looking forward to an evening of dazzling and dramatic music inspired by different countries and oceans,” says Music Director Edward Polochick, “and I believe everyone will really be blown away by Alice’s talent. It is not every day you get to see a harp soloist, and such a gifted one at that.”

Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra is also doing a scavenger hunt with the chance to win free tickets to this concert. For more information, follow LSO on Facebook, and look for the hashtag, #LSOacrossthesea.