When was the last time you saw the Eiffel Tower? Or took a cruise boat down the Danube in Vienna? Or felt the breeze of a warm summer evening on your face in Barcelona? However long it’s been, on November 10th you don’t have to leave the comfort of the concert hall to experience all this and more. Come and join the LCSO for an unforgettable night crisscrossing the Continent with your personal tour guide, Maestro Russell Ger. From the frigid forests of Finland to the grand majesty of London, from hearty Hungarian goulash to delicate Parisian croissants, there is something here for everyone. With an exciting array of wonderfully varied music, this concert promises to whisk you away on a European Holiday unlike you’ve ever had before.
This Pops Classique features familiar classical favorites such as Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture”, “On the Beautiful Blue Danube” by Johann Strauss, and Neapolitan Italian selection, “O Sole Mio”, which will feature LCSO tenor extraodinaire, Tim King!
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In September of 2016, Mr. Ger began his tenure as Music Director of the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra in the Hudson Valley. Here he conducts six subscription concerts each season, in addition to Family and Pops concerts. He has successfully elevated the artistry and dramatically increased community engagement, resulting in consistent near-capacity audiences.
Mr. Ger toured North America with renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman, promoting a recording for Sony of Jewish art-music made in 2012. Performances took place at the Hollywood Bowl with members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic before an audience of 10,000, and at the Barclays Center arena in New York for an audience of 6,000. The tour also drew capacity houses at the Boca Raton Arts Festival, Boston Celebrity Series at Symphony Hall, Ravinia Festival in Chicago, Long Island, and Toronto. A PBS Special aired in 2014. For his post-graduate study, Mr. Ger received a scholarship to pursue a Masters of Music in Orchestral Conducting at The Boston Conservatory. He graduated top of his class in 2010. And in 2013, Mr. Ger was one of four Finalists from around the world for the prestigious 2nd International Chicago Symphony Orchestra Sir Georg Solti Conducting Apprenticeship.
As a proud alumnus of Symphony Australia, the leading conductor-training program in the country, Mr. Ger had the opportunity to work with Australia’s top orchestras. Weeklong residencies were maintained several times a year with the Adelaide, Melbourne, Queensland, and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras.
Mr. Ger is committed to nurturing the next generation of musicians. As a conductor for the Norwalk Youth Symphony in Connecticut, he works with young people on a weekly basis. He additionally serves as Music Director of the Park East Synagogue in New York City, where he works with the most highly esteemed living Cantor, Yitzchak Meir Helfgot. Mr. Ger is married to Kirsten Hicks, a wonderful Australian woman whom he met in NYC where they both reside with their new baby boy, Caleb Reyn Ger.
Orchestra appearances include the Buffalo Symphony Orchestra, Chattanooga Symphony and Opera, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, Lexington Philharmonic, Las Vegas Philharmonic, The Louisville Orchestra, Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, North Charleston Pops, Orchestra Kentucky, Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony Orchestra and Santa Barbara Symphony among others.
Tim recently completed a 30 year career in Arts Administration with positions including Executive Director of The Louisville Orchestra, Vice President of The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts and Director-Performing Arts with the Jefferson County Public School System in Louisville, KY. In May of 2014, Lincoln Performing Arts School in Louisville renamed their piano lab in Tim’s honor for his role in creating the first public elementary performing arts school in Kentucky. He also served as the tenor soloist with the nationally acclaimed Cathedral of the Assumption Choir for over 20 years.
Born and raised on a working farm in the bluegrass area of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Tim received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Eastern Kentucky University and his Master of Music Performance degree from the University of Louisville. He is father to daughter, Sara, who is a former U. S. Presidential Arts Scholar and embarking on a performing career of her own.
Now living outside the town of Rolling Prairie, In., on a property with blueberry bushes and apple trees (very close to Lake Michigan), Tim believes in life-long learning and is currently a voice student of Victoria Garrett of Bethel College close to South Bend