Boston ensemble to open concert season

Boston ensemble to open concert season The Shrine to Music Museum will open its 1998-1999 Sunday-afternoon concert series by internationally known ensembles with a performance by Mark Kroll (piano) and The Parlor Philharmonic from Boston, Sunday, Oct. 4, at 2:30 p.m.

The ensemble will play early-19th-century transcriptions, written by Hummel and Salomon for London audiences of the time, of Haydn's Symphony No. 96, Beethoven's Symphony No. 1, and Weber's Overture to "Der Freischutz."

Mark Kroll, who will play the museum's Viennese grand piano built by Anton Martin Thym in 1815, has been the harpsichordist for the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 1979. A renowned pianist, as well, he has soloed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony, and I Solisti di Zagreb. He has been featured at the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York, and tours in Europe, including recent appearances in Leipzig, Barcelona, Lisbon, Rome, and the Festival Ambonay in France.

According to Andre P. Larson, director of the museum, the transcriptions featured on the Sunday concert — rediscovered and recently released for the first time on compact disc by Kroll and The Parlor Philharmonic — "are fiendishly difficult."

For ticket information, call 605-677-5306.

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