February 16, 2012
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Jessica Pope
Communications Specialist

VSO Presents 'Symphonie Fantastique' on Saturday

VALDOSTA -- The Valdosta Symphony Orchestra will kick off its third subscription concert, Symphonie Fantastique, at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, in Valdosta State University’s Whitehead Auditorium.

The concert will feature guest harpist Heidi Van Hoesen Gorton performing Reinhold Gliere’s Harp Concerto in E-flat Major. Guest conductor Edward Cumming will lead the orchestra in Claude Debussy’s “Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun” and Hecter Berlioz’s “Symphonie Fantastique.”

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by visiting www.valdostasymphony.org or by calling (229) 333-2150

The Downtown Symphony Club, a social group for young and young-at-heart music lovers and professionals, will meet prior to the concert at 5 p.m. at Steel Magnolias in Downtown Valdosta. Valdosta Symphony Orchestra Maestro Dr. Howard Hsu and his wife, Dr. Tamara Hardesty, will join club members for dinner.

For more information about the Downtown Symphony Club, contact Dr. Shannon Lowe, an instructor of bassoon, music theory, and chamber ensembles at VSU, at srlowe@valdosta.edu. Club members receive a 20 percent discount on single tickets, exclusive dinner deals on concert nights, the chance to meet and socialize after the concert with the soloist, conductor, and orchestra musicians, and more.