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Tour de force of European music Nov. 12

November 9, 2009

The Colorado State University Symphony directed by Wes Kenny will be joined by Joe Robinson, former principal oboist of the New York Philharmonic, in a concert on Thursday evening, Nov. 12.

Thursday, Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m.
Griffin Concert Hall
University Center for the Arts

The Colorado State University Symphony Orchestra presents A European Tour, with special guest Joe Robinson, Oboe, on Thursday, Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Griffin Concert Hall at the University Center of the Arts, 1400 Remington Street.


Tickets are $10 for the public and $5 for Colorado State students and $1 for youth ages 2 to 17.

Tickets are available from the Campus Box Office in the Lory Student Center, by phone at (970) 491-4849, or online at  

Composers Strauss and Britten

Join the CSU Symphony, directed by Wes Kenney, and former principal oboist of the New York Philharmonic, Joe Robinson, on a tour (de force) of European music.

A French bonbon opens the program with Saint-Saens seductive Bacchanale from Samson and Delilah. Written at the end of the great German composer’s life, Johann Strauss’ Oboe Concerto is considered the Mt. Everest of oboe concertos.

British composer Benjamin Britten’s masterful orchestra demonstration work, The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra concludes your European excursion! A special reprise from the Rocky Mountain Contemporary Music Festival of Michael Daugherty’s Ghost Ranch  brings the orchestra to American soil, depicting artist Georgia O’Keefe and her home in the desert.

Oboist Joseph Robinson on the cover of his CD titled, New York Legends: Joseph Robinson, Principal Oboe, NY Philharmonic.

Critics applaud Robinson

Justin Davidson with Newsday wrote this after hearing a performance by Robinson: "This was the kind of playing that guarantees the survival of live performance in the media age."

And Paul Hertlelendy with USA Today wrote in a review: "I was positively blown away with the sensuous music produced by veteran principal oboist Joseph Robinson."

About Joseph Robinson

Joseph Robinson studied with Marcel Tabuteau, the great progenitor of the American school of oboe playing. Heir also to the traditions established by his famous predecessors Bruno Labate and Harold Gomberg, Mr. Robinson was principal oboe of the New York Philharmonic for 27 seasons. 

Robinson's successful career has included playing as principal oboist in the Atlanta Symphony for Robert Shaw from 1967 to 1973, teaching briefly at the University of Maryland and for four years at the North Carolina School of the Arts, and then winning the New York Philharmonic audition in December 1977.

During those years he studied periodically with John Mack, in whose name Mr. Robinson established one of the most successful specialty seminars of its kind in 1976. He participated at the Marlboro Festival in recordings and master classes with Pablo Casals.

Joseph Robinson has appeared often with the New York Philharmonic as soloist at Lincoln Center and on its international tours. He is currently on the board of the Bellingham Festival of Music in Washington State and is president of the Stamas Fund, a unique foundation supporting the most talented and needy students of members of the New York Philharmonic.

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