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November 13, 2012

Valdosta Symphony Orchestra will have concert

VALDOSTA — The Valdosta Symphony Orchestra will continue its celebration of 23 years of “sublime music” by introducing audiences to “New Frontiers” at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17. The concert will be held in Valdosta State University’s Whitehead Auditorium, located on the corner of Brookwood Drive and Oak Street.

The evening will feature four pieces of music — each pointing to a new path in one way or another — beginning with Jennifer Higdon’s “String.”

“Jennifer Higdon is one of the most successful living composers,” Dr. Howard Hsu, Valdosta Symphony Orchestra music director, explained, “and her style of music is engaging, approachable, and intelligent.”

The evening will continue with Robert Schumann’s Konzertstück for Four Horns and Orchestra, op. 86. This piece, composed for a newer model of French honor, will feature a special performance by Kristen Johns, principal horn of the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra, Bernhard Scully, former principal horn of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Joseph Gill, a VSU Department of Music alumnus, and Paul Basler, distinguished performer, pedagogue, and composer.

The evening will conclude with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Symphony No. 25 in G Minor, K. 183, the composer’s first mature, serious symphony. It was featured in the movie “Amadeus.”

Individual tickets for the concert are $25 each. Reservations are required.

Call VSU’s College of Arts Outreach Office at (229) 333-2150 to reserve tickets or learn more.

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