Sym­phony fea­tures ‘he­roes’ in Oc­to­ber con­cert

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The newly-named Se­quoia Sym­phony Orches­tra (for­merly the Tu­lare County Sym­phony) will show off the “he­roes” in the sea­son theme “Gods and He­roes” at its first Master­works con­cert of the sea­son at 7:30 p.m. on Satur­day, Oct. 7 at the Visalia Fox The­atre.

The orches­tra will per­form mu­sic about the leg­endary lover Don Juan in Strauss’ “Don Juan” and Shake­speare’s doomed lovers in Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet.”

Guest pian­ist Jef­frey Biegel will solo in Grieg’s well-known “Piano Con­certo in A mi­nor.” It is the only con­certo com­posed by Grieg, writ­ten when he was only 24, and is one of the most pop­u­lar piano con­certi ever writ­ten, im­me­di­ately iden­ti­fied by its crash­ing open­ing chords.

Biegel is also a com­poser, ar­ranger and mu­sic in­no­va­tor. His mu­si­cal prow­ess is some­thing of a mir­a­cle be­cause un­til the age of 3 he could nei­ther hear nor speak.

Tick­ets are $22 to $45 at the sym­phony of­fice, 208 W. Main St., Suite D, Visalia, down­stairs in Mont­gomery Square. Stu­dent prices are $10. Tick­ets are also avail­able at 732-8600 or go to wwwse­quoiasym­pho­ny­orches­tra.com.

The au­di­ence is in­vited to at­tend the en­ter­tain­ing pre-con­cert pre­view by mu­sic di­rec­tor Bruce Kies­ling at 6:45 p.m.

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