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Education Conductor Ken Lam Conducts the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in Family Series Concert Percussion Strikes Again!

Featured soloists include BSO Principal Timpani James Wyman, Principal Percussion Christopher Williams and percussionists John Locke and Brian Prechtl 

Baltimore, Md. (April 17, 2014) – Led by Education Conductor Ken Lam, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) will perform Percussion Strikes Again!, a concert for young people ages four and up on Saturday, May 10 at 11 a.m. at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Audience members will discover the exciting instruments of the percussion section including timpani, big bass drum, bells, cymbals, triangle and more. The program includes musical selections that feature each of the instruments, each performed expertly by all four BSO timpani and percussion players: James Wyman,Christopher Williams,John Locke and Brian Prechtl.

Family Concert: Percussion Strikes Again!
Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 11 a.m. – Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

Ken Lam, conductor
James Wyman, principal timpani
Christopher Williams, principal percussion/assistant principal timpani
John Locke, percussion
Brian Prechtl, percussion
Tony Asero, guest percussionist
Derek Stults, guest percussionist

Kabalevsky: Overture to “Colas Breugnon”
Christopher Rouse: Ogoun Badagris
Britten: Theme and Variation Mfrom The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra
Ravel: Alborada del gracioso from Miroirs
Ravel: Selections from Mother Goose Suite
Stravinsky: Sacrificial Dance from The Rite of Spring 
Stravinsky: Selections from Inferno Dance, Berceuse and Finale from The Firebird
Bernstein: Mambo from West Side Story

Tickets to the concert range from $12 to $20 and are available through the BSO Ticket Office, 410.783.8000 or .

Preconcert activities begin at 9:45 a.m. in the lobby of the Meyerhoff and include a percussion instrument making workshop, interactive OrchKids
percussion ensemble performances and face painting.

Following the concert, the Baltimore Symphony Associates will host a Family Luncheon in the Second Space of the Meyerhoff, including a buffet lunch, a gift for each child in attendance and a surprise guest. Tickets are $14 for children (12 & under) and $22 for adults.
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Ken Lam, conductor
Ken Lam is the winner of the 2011 Memphis International Conducting Competition, resident conductor of the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina, artistic director of the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestras and associate professor and director of orchestra at Montclair State University in New Jersey.

Lam was a featured conductor in the League of American Orchestra’s 2009 Bruno Walter National Conductors Preview with the Nashville Symphony and made his U.S. professional debut with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in June 2008 as one of four conductors selected by Leonard Slatkin. In recent seasons, he led performances with the symphony orchestras of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Pops, Baltimore, Detroit, Memphis, Illinois and Meridian, as well as the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Hong Kong Philharmonic and the Taipei Symphony Orchestra.

Lam has been artistic director of Hong Kong Voices since 2000 and held positions as assistant conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and principal conductor of the Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra.

Ken Lam studied conducting with Gustav Meier and Markand Thakar at the Peabody Conservatory, David Zinman and Murry Sidlin at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen, and Leonard Slatkin at the National Conducting Institute. He studied economics at St. John’s College, Cambridge University and was a practicing solicitor for 10 years before becoming a conductor.


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