Acclaimed conductor and composer Constantine Kitsopoulos conducts both the NYU Philharmonia and NYU Symphony season debut performances, October 6 and 7. Chantal Balestri, winner of the 2016 NYU Steinhardt Piano Concerto Competition, will be a featured performer with the Symphony.

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The NYU Orchestra Program kicks off its new season with back-to-back Philharmonia and Symphony performances at Frederick Loewe Theater, October 6 and 7. The performances are free and open to the public.

The NYU Philharmonia will perform Thursday, October 6, with a program that includes Henryk Górecki Three Pieces in Old Style, Maurice Ravel Le tombeau de Couperin, and Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 4. The following night, Friday, October 7, the NYU Symphony will perform, with a program that includes Zoltán Kodály Dances of Galánta, Jean Sibelius Symphony No. 1, and Franz Liszt Piano Concerto No. 2, featuring Chantal Balestri, winner of the 2016 NYU Steinhardt Piano Concerto Competition.

Acclaimed conductor and composer Constantine Kitsopoulos will conduct both programs. Accomplished in multiple musical genres, Kitsopoulos regularly leads orchestras throughout New York City, in venues such as Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall, as well as on Broadway. The 2016/2017 season will mark his seventh as Music Director of the Festival of the Arts BOCA, and he recently completed an eight-year tenure as Music Director of the Queens Symphony.

Italian/Swiss pianist Chantal Balestri made her debut at the age of thirteen with the Città di Chioggia Symphony, shortly after winning the Osimo International Piano Competition. She has degrees from the L. Boccherini Conservatory of Lucca, Italy and has studied at the Musikhochschule in Freiburg, Germany and Scuola di Musica in Fiesole, Italy. She is currently pursuing a Master’s of Music in Piano Performance at NYU Steinhardt, studying with Jeffrey Swann.

Both concerts will take place at 8 p.m. Registration is not required. Loewe Theater is located at 35 W. 4th Street, between Green Street and Washington Square East. For more information about this and future NYU Orchestra concerts, contact

Steinhardt’s Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions, established in 1925, instructs over 1,600 students majoring in music and performing arts programs. Music and Performing Arts Professions serves as NYU’s “school” of music and is a major research and practice center in music technology, music business, music composition, film scoring, songwriting, music performance practices, performing arts therapies, and the performing arts-in-education (music, dance, and drama).



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