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October 1, 2013 > Fremont Symphony opens 50th anniversary season

Fremont Symphony opens 50th anniversary season

Submitted By Megan Morrow

The 2013 -14 season of the Fremont Symphony Orchestra (FSO) kicks off with World Tour: Unity on Saturday, October 19, at the Smith Center, Ohlone College. FSO will demonstrate the richness of our world through a musical journey spanning over 300 years and 12 countries, exploring the diversity and unity of the human spirit. This inspiring concert by the incomparable musicians of the Fremont Symphony Orchestra, led by Conductor/Music Director Gregory Van Sudmeier, will serve to welcome FSO back to the community for its 50th season.

World Tour: Unity begins in Russia with the final movement from TchaikovskyÕs Symphony No. 4. Maestro Sudmeier then leads the audience through an amalgamation of east and west as the Symphony plays Yangtze BoatmenÕs Chantey and other Chinese folksongs, including the Prairie Song featuring the pipa with soloist Hecheng Liu. Koto master Shirley Muramoto follows with a blend of East-West music.

Next will be selections from Indian composer A. R. RahmanÕs Academy-Award-winning film score, Slum Dog Millionaire, followed by the incomparable Irish tenor, Liam Tiernan, who began his career in Belfast with the Barleycorns, selling three million records worldwide. America is represented with Gospel mezzo-soprano Erica Richardson and chorus performing RagtimeÕs stunning song, ÕTil We Reach That Day. The Reyes brothers, Carlos and Julio, add a South American touch with an energetic romp featuring Paraguayan harp and acoustic guitar.

The performance returns to Europe with an Italian selection from Ennio MorriconeÕs beautiful film score, Cinema Paradiso, followed by the beloved French classic, Claude DebussyÕs Clair de lune. Then the music comes back to Russia for the powerful finale, The Great Gate at Kiev from MussorgskyÕs Pictures at an Exhibition.

Four-show subscriptions to the FSO 2013-14 season are priced at $175 and $155 for adults and $70 for students; single tickets are $49 and $45 for adults, $20 for students. Tickets may be purchased through the box office at 877-938-9240 Tuesday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or online at Free parking is available at all performances with a complimentary shuttle at Smith Center, courtesy of Fremont Bank. The opening night performance will be followed by a reception open to all, giving the community the opportunity to reengage, subscribe and enjoy.

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