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Famed musicians perform Bach, Beethoven in concert

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

FREDERICK, Md.—Two nationally recognized and award-winning musicians will perform a concert March 2 at 3 p.m. in Brodbeck Music Hall at Hood College.

Cellist David Hardy and keyboardist Lambert Orkis, both principal chair players with the National Symphony Orchestra, are the featured artists for the Phyllis and Ardine Gorden Concert. Their program includes sonatas by Bach and Beethoven.

Hardy and Orkis first began performing chamber music together in 1983. They are two of the original five founding members of the highly acclaimed Kennedy Center Chamber Players, and since 2003 have recorded and appeared with this ensemble throughout the greater Washington region. Their most recent release, Beethoven Past & Present, includes two complete performances of Beethoven's eight works for piano and cello performed on both modern and period instruments.

The NSO’s recording of John Corigliano’s Symphony No. 1 featuring Hardy's solo cello performance won the 1996 Grammy Award for best classical album. Orkis received a Grammy and a Choc de l'année award from France's most distinguished music magazine for his Beethoven and Mozart recordings, respectively.

Both musicians have performed worldwide. In addition to their performing schedules, Hardy is professor of cello at the Peabody Conservatory of Music and Orkis is professor of piano at Temple University's Boyer College of Music and Dance.

The Ardine and Phyllis Gorden Concerts are supported by a generous gift from Ardine Gorden, in memory of his wife, Phyllis, who was a professional violinist.

The recital is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.

For more information, contact Noel Lester, concert manager at Hood, at 301-696-3429.