DeKalb Symphony Orchestra to Perform at YHC

Friday, March 16, 2012


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DeKalb Symphony Orchestra to Perform at Young Harris College
Free concert features music director/conductor Fyodor Cherniavsky and violinist David Coucheron

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College will host the DeKalb Symphony Orchestra as part of the annual “Fay Harmon Clegg Hoag Concert Series” Thursday, March 29, at 8 p.m. in Glenn Auditorium of the Clegg Fine Arts Building. The performance is free and open to the public. Fyodor Cherniavsky will be conducting.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster David Coucheron will be featured as violin soloist in Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor. The program also includes Symphony No. 8 in B minorby Schubert,Polonaise” from Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin” and “Vivace” from Raff’s “Sinfonietta.”

Originally from Oslo, Norway, Coucheron began playing violin at the age of three. He earned his bachelor of music degree from The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Pa., his master of music from The Juilliard School and his master of musical performance from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

Throughout his career, Coucheron has performed as a soloist with orchestras including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sendai Symphony Orchestra, the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra. He has played solo recitals at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah. He joined the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra as concertmaster in 2010.

Cherniavsky received formal music training at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. After being awarded the postgraduate Certificate of Advanced Musical Studies, he studied conducting with Brian Brockless at Morley College in London, England, and with the legendary Sergiu Celibidache in Munich, Germany. He has previously held the position of assistant professor of music at Georgia State University and is currently on the faculty at Georgia Perimeter College.

Cherniavsky is active as a guest conductor in the orchestral, choral and operatic fields as well as musicals and pops concerts. His guest conducting assignments have included the Gainesville Symphony Orchestra, the Central Florida Symphony Orchestra and the Georgia Senior High All-State Orchestra in Savannah. He has served as music director and conductor of Capitol City Opera, the Atlanta Community Orchestra, the Atlanta Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, the Atlanta Meistersingers and the Sandy Springs Chorale. He is a member of the Conductors Guild, the League of American Orchestras and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. He is also a producer for ACA Digital, Albany Records and Telarc International. He currently serves as broadcast recording producer of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for its local and national concert broadcasts.

Established in 1964, the DeKalb Symphony Orchestra presents concerts of traditional and contemporary symphonic repertoire. Of the 85 players in the full orchestra, 76 are volunteer players from the community. The DeKalb Symphony plays up to 15 concerts each year including the Subscription Series, Children’s Concert, Picnic Pops concerts, free community concerts and special performances. The DeKalb Symphony is a member of the League of American Orchestras and the Atlanta Coalition for the Performing Arts.

This concert is presented through the “Fay Harmon Clegg Hoag Concert Series,” an endowed fund established in 1975 by alumni of Young Harris College to honor Fay Harmon Clegg Hoag, ’33, wife of a College president and an alumna who has been involved with Young Harris College for more than 80 years.

For more information, call the Young Harris College Division of Fine Arts at (706) 379-5182.

About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. Long known for nurturing students during the first two years of college, Young Harris College received accreditation in 2008 to grant bachelor’s degrees. The College currently has approximately 900 students across four divisions—Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences—and plans to increase enrollment to 1,200 over the next few years. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 200-bed, LEED Silver-certified residence hall, Georgia’s first higher education facility north of Atlanta to achieve this certification, a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center, the second higher educational recreation facility in Georgia to achieve this certification, and a 148-bed, apartment-style residential village. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics. For more information, visit

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Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster David Coucheron. Photo credit: J. D. Scott