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Williamsport Symphony Orchestra ends season with worldly concert

“From the seductive dances of Latin America to the exquisite tunes of Central and Eastern Europe, you will be immersed in the most melody-filled compositions from different regions of the globe,” said Maestro Gerardo Edelstein, director and conductor of the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra.

Edelstein described, full of anticipation, the orchestra’s upcoming performance featuring guest artist Qing Jiang, of Lewisburg, an accomplished pianist and assistant professor of music at Bucknell University.

Slated for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Community Arts Center, 220 W. Fourth St., Jiang will perform Hungarian Fantasy by 19th century composer Franz Liszt.

Jiang was born in Zhenjiang, China, and began studying piano at the age of 3 with her mother. She holds degrees from Arizona State University, Juilliard and New England Conservatory. The “fiery musician,” as described by the New York Times, has performed around the world and worked with a number of noteworthy musicians and composers, including Oliver Knussen with the Britten-Pears Orchestra in England.

“For this concert, we will travel around the world, and we will showcase masterworks from composers of different nationalities and contrasting styles,” said Edelstein. “From the humorous and lighthearted music of Rossini to the Latin spirit of Arturo Marquez and his well-known Danzon No. 2; from Mahler’s Adagietto composed as a declaration of love to the agile dances of Rimsky Korsakov’s colorful Capriccio Espagnole.”

At the end of its first full season since the start of the pandemic, Edelstein said the orchestra regards this as a particularly “special and challenging season.”

“I am extremely proud of the musicians of the orchestra who, despite the hardships of performing during the pandemic, excelled in every single concert,” he said.

Amidst a world in turmoil, Edelstein hopes the community will lend themselves to a night of lively music.

“We are currently living in a conflictive world. As Leonard Bernstein said once, ‘This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before,'” he said. “So, we encourage everyone to come and join us to make music and enjoy the peace in music.”

For tickets, call the Community Arts Center at 570-326-2424 or visit www.caclive.com

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