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2/23/2007 L'Orchestre de Chambre Français to perform at Linfield College

McMINNVILLE – L'Orchestre de Chambre Français, with Brian Suits, conductor, and featuring violinist Kyung Sun Lee, will perform Saturday, March 17, at 8 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium at Linfield College.

Acclaimed as one of France's best chamber orchestras, L'Orchestre de Chambre Français is the resident orchestra of the 18th century Théâtre Impérial in Compiège near Paris. It plays orchestral music in the spirit of chamber music, and is equally at home in baroque, classical, romantic and contemporary music. The orchestra, founded in 1989, also takes particular pleasure in bringing French compositions and forgotten masterpieces to life.

The orchestra will perform works by Antonio Vivaldi, Claude Debussy, Benjamin Godard, Camill Saint-Saens, W.A. Mozart and Edvard Grieg.

General tickets for the concert are $25. Patron tickets are $50 each and include a pre-concert reception hosted by the International Pinot Noir Celebration at the home of Linfield College President Thomas L. Hellie and Julie Olds. Hors d'oeuvres will be paired with library wines from the IPNC and its member wineries. Only a limited number of patron tickets will be sold.

The L'Orchestre de Chambre Français made its debut in 2005 at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, and has become one of the most sought-after orchestras in Europe. The orchestra is especially valued in Spain at the International Festivals of Palencia and Gandia, and the Santander International Festival. It has also performed in Switzerland, Holland, Italy, Belgium, Germany, England and the Czech Republic.

The orchestra made its United States debut in 2002 at a concert in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York. Since then, it has performed at a variety of other American venues including the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., and with the Baltimore Chorale Society in Baltimore, Md.

The orchestra performs regularly with well-known soloists Maurice André, Guy Touvron, Eric Aubier, Jean-Claude Pennetier, Paul Badura-Skoda, Kyung Sun Lee and Frédérick Lodéon.

Lee, the featured violinist, has performed throughout Europe, the Far East, the United States and Canada. She has most recently performed concerts by Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn, Sibelius and Bartók (No. 2), the double concerti of both Bach and Mendelssohn, and the Four Seasons of Vivaldi. She also champions the rarely performed concertos of French Romantic composers such as Theodore Dubois and Benjamin Godard, whose works she performed with the critically acclaimed Jupiter Symphony under the direction of the late Jens Nygaard. She has performed in American venues such as Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center.

Lee has participated in many international music competitions, and was awarded first place in the Washington and D’Angelo International Competitions, and bronze medals in the Tchaikovsky Competition and the Queen Elisabeth Competition. She also won third place in the Montreal International Competition, and was awarded Audience Favorite and Best Performance of the Commissioned Work.

Lee received her bachelor’s degree from Seoul National University and her master’s and artist’s diploma from the Peabody Conservatory. She attended the Julliard School in the professional studies program, and currently works for the distinguished string faculty at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Lee also serves as an associate professor at the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston, and teaches at both the Aspen Music Festival and the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival.

For ticket and other information, call the Linfield College Department of Music, 503-883-2275.