Johnson City Symphony presents “In the Hall of the Mountain King”

JOHNSON CITY, TN – Johnson City Symphony Orchestra continues their 47th season February 4, 2017 “In the Hall of the Mountain King”.   The evening will feature Bella Hristova, violinist, performing Sibelius’ “Violin Concerto in D Minor”.  The orchestra will also perform selections from Peer Gynt by Edvard Grieg.


Born in Pleven, Bulgaria to Russian and Bulgarian parents, Ms. Hristova began violin studies at the age of six. At twelve, she participated in master classes with Ruggiero Ricci at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. In 2003, she entered the Curtis Institute of Music, where she worked with Ida Kavafian (YCA Alumna) and studied chamber music with Steven Tenenbom. She received her Artist Diploma with Jaime Laredo at Indiana University in 2010.  Ms. Hristova plays a 1655 Nicolò Amati violin, once owned by the violinist Louis Krasner.  Acclaimed for her passionate, powerful performances, beautiful sound, and compelling command of her instrument, violinist Bella Hristova is a young musician with a growing international career.  The Strad has praised, “Every sound she draws is superb,” and The Washington Post noted that she is “a player of impressive power and control.”


Maestro Seebacher commented on the upcoming concert, “We are incredibly excited to have Bella Hristova back in the Tri-Cities. A few years ago, she dazzled our audience with the Violin Concerto by Beethoven. In February, Bella and the JCSO will present what is arguably the most difficult, but most sublime concerto for violin. Jean Sibelius’ Violin Concerto is powerful, beautiful, and elegant. In addition to this fabulous concerto, we will perform orchestral selections from Edvard Grieg’s “Peer Gynt.” Practically all of the small pieces that make up “Peer Gynt” are instantly recognizable. Grieg’s greatest work is charming, playful, and very entertaining.” Maestro Seebacher will offer a pre concert lecture in Lower Seeger at 6:45, February 4, 2017.  The lecture is free to ticket holders.


The February 4 concert begins at 7:30 pm in the Mary B. Martin auditorium of Seeger Chapel on the Milligan College campus.  The concert is partially sponsored by Ear, Nose and Throat Associates honoring Dr. Arthur Harris’ retirement and the Carnegie Hotel who provides accommodations for our Maestro and guest artists this season.   Eastman Credit Union is the gracious sponsor for Ms. Hristova’s performance. Funds are also provided through the Tennessee Arts Commission.  Thanks go to the season media sponsors,  Johnson City Press and Jet Broadcasting.


Tickets are $40 with special rates for students and seniors. For more information and to purchase tickets, please call 423-926-8742 or online at  Cornerstone Village and NHC residents should check their activity bus schedules for transportation.


Save the Date! April 21, 2017 is the 2nd annual “Encore” event held at the Blackthorn Country Club.  Relaxed atmosphere, light music provided by the Symphony musicians along with wonderful appetizers will provide a great evening for you and your friends.  Make reservations and click Events and  “Encore” to purchase tickets.


Save the Date!  May 6, 2017-”Banding Together”, a family friendly event from 2-6 pm will feature several local Appalachian artists for a half day fundraising concert.  Come see Lightning Charlie, Ed Snodderly and Bill and the Belles. Buy your tix and click Events and “Banding Together” to purchase tickets.


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For more information, contact:

Johnson City Symphony

PO Box 533

Johnson City, TN 37605