Chamber orchestra to perform Wednesday

The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields chamber orchestra, featuring principal guest conductor Murray Perahia, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Lied Center.

In 2001, Perahia, who has been performing on the concert stage for more than 30 years, became principal guest conductor with the Academy. Perahia and the Academy will perform Mozart's Adagio and Fugue in C minor, K. 546; Beethoven's Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15; Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No.5 in D major, BWV 1050; and Mozart's Symphony No. 41 in C major, K. 51, "Jupiter."

The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields was founded in 1959 by Sir Neville Marriner. The group spearheaded the 1960s Baroque revival, and recorded and performed a rapidly expanding range of repertoire.

The orchestra divides its time between international tours, education and outreach programs and the recording studio, where it has more than 500 recordings to its credit, ranging from Baroque and classical to the romantic and 20th century.

The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields has received many prestigious international awards, including eight Edisons, the Canadian Grand Prix and 13 gold discs for the soundtrack of Milos Forman's film, "Amadeus." Another soundtrack for "The English Patient" won an Oscar for best sound. In February, the Academy received a Grammy for best instrumental soloist(s) performance (with orchestra) for the Sony Classical recording of Brahms and Stavinsky violin concertos with soloist Hilary Hahn and conductor Sir Neville Marriner.

Later this fall, Sony Classical will release a new recording of Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 and Bach's Triple Concerto, directed by Perahia.

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