HRO and Grammy Award-winning violinist Mark O’Connor

The Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra has announced repertory for its inaugural season under the baton of newly appointed conductor Federico Cortese. Cortese, Music Director of the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras and the New England String Ensemble, assumed the post on July 1 following the 45-year tenure of Dr. James Yannatos, who retired at the end of the 2008-09 academic term. Cortese has a joint appointment in the Office for the Arts and Music Department, serving the latter as a Senior Lecturer on Music.

The 2009-10 Season includes old favorites (including a bit of opera), a more recent piece by a modern master, and a contemporary work composed by Grammy Award-winning violinist Mark O’Connor, who will be a soloist for the performance. All concerts are at 8 pm in Sanders Theatre; the schedule is as follows:Friday, December 4: Mozart "Haffner" Symphony, Mark O'Connor "Call of the Mockingbird," and Shostakovich Symphony #5.Friday, March 5: Kirchner "Music for Orchestra #2," Concerto competition winner (to be announced), and Brahms Symphony #3.

Friday, April 16: Strauss "Don Juan," Ligeti "Atmospheres," and Verdi "Falstaff," Act III.

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