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Press Release : Sep 24, 2014

UF Symphony Orchestra Concert Features Guest Artists Andreas Klein and Amy Redford

The University of Florida (UF) Symphony Orchestra, led by Maestro Raymond Chobaz, will perform with world-renowned German pianist Andreas Klein and will perform The Story of Cinderella, featuring narration by Amy Redford, on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. at the Curtis M. Phillips, M.D. Center for the Performing Arts in Gainesville, Florida.

The first half of the program features the composition Festive Overture by Dmitri Shostakovich and Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini for Piano and Orchestra by Sergei Rachmaninov, featuring Klein. Klein has distinguished himself as a dynamic and compelling performer with his command of a wide range of tonal colors and imaginative interpretations. The Juilliard graduate has performed at some of the world’s most prestigious venues, from London's Wigmore Hall and Berlin's Philharmonic Hall to New York's Carnegie Hall. The New York Times declared him "A fascinating artist with all the indispensable qualities: temperament, taste, touch, tone, the four T's of pianism."

The second half of the concert will premiere The Story of Cinderella, a modern twist on a well-loved fairy tale that explores growing up, finding love and self-discovery. This innovative program will feature music from the ballet, Cinderella, by Sergei Prokofiev, text by Chobaz, guest artists from Dance Alive National Ballet and narration by filmmaker and actress Amy Redford. The daughter of Academy Award-winning film director and actor Robert Redford, Amy Redford has appeared in films as diverse as Sunshine Cleaning and Maid in Manhattan. She has produced and directed several movies, including The Guitar, which premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. The Guitar will be presented at the Phillips Center on Oct. 7, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

“When I decided to program Prokofiev's Cinderella for this concert, I made up my mind not only to have a narrator tell the tale of Cinderella along with the music, but also to tell the story a little differently,” said Chobaz. “One hundred and four musicians are ready to enchant the audience.”

Established in 1911, the UF Symphony Orchestra is dedicated to the learning of symphonic music through performance. The literature includes established orchestral and choral masterworks, ballets and operas, from the 18th century to the present, by composers of all nations and genders. In accordance with the research mission of UF, the orchestra is also committed to the promotion of new and contemporary as well as noteworthy and overlooked works from the past.

Tickets range from $10 for students to $35 and are available by calling the UF Performing Arts Box Office at 352-392-2787 or by visiting

About the School of Music

The School of Music is one of the University of Florida College of the Arts’ three fully-accredited schools. The School of Music plays an important role in the academic life of the University and the community. The school’s programs provide broad-based instruction in performance, composition, history and literature and music disciplines, through a strong curriculum as well as through professional experiences such as ensembles and internships. UF students also have the opportunity to join more than a dozen music ensembles, including jazz bands, the University Choir, the University Symphony Orchestra and the “Pride of the Sunshine” Fightin’ Gator Marching Band. To learn more, visit

About the College of the Arts

The College of the Arts, previously known as the College of Fine Arts, is one the 16 colleges and more than 150 research centers and institutes at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. The College of the Arts offers baccalaureate, master’s and Ph.D. degree programs in its three fully-accredited schools — the School of Art and Art History, School of Music and School of Theatre and Dance. The college is home to the Center for Arts in Medicine, Center for World Arts, Digital Worlds Institute, University Galleries and the New World School of the Arts in Miami. More than 100 faculty members and more than 1,220 students work together daily to engage, inspire and create. The college hosts more than 300 performances, exhibitions and events each year. Faculty and students also exhibit and perform at other local, national and international venues. To learn more, visit

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