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Art Beat: Masterworks concert features guest artists

The Gwinnett Symphony Orchestra will present its first full concert of the season at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Gwinnett Performing Arts Center.

Titled "Masterworks Concert IV," the event will include a number of special guests, the Gwinnett Symphony Orchestra Chorus, a visual art competition and a special event for children prior to the concert.

The Gwinnett Symphony Orchestra is celebrating its 11th season, and with the demise of the Gwinnett Philharmonic, its concerts have become an important opportunity for area music lovers to enjoy classical music. The orchestra itself is composed of both youth and adult musicians who perform on a volunteer basis.

A number of guest artists will be featured for this concert performed under the baton of conductor Robert Trocina. Music selections will ensure an entertaining evening. Soloists from Atlanta's Capitol City Opera will perform selections from Verdi's "La Traviata" alongside the orchestra while dancers from the Northeast Atlanta Ballet perform.

Three solo artists will come together to perform the inspiring "Triple Concerto" by Beethoven. These three performers are violinist Ivana Cetkovic, cellist Suzana Pavlovic and pianist Huu Mai.

The Gwinnett Horn Quartet, a Gwinnett Symphony Orchestra ensemble, will present Mozart's "Overture to the Marriage of Figaro." Other music to be performed during the evening includes Arnold's "Four Cornish Dances," Holst's "Mars" and "Jupiter" from "The Planets," and William's "Call of the Champions."

Two additional events attached to the concert involve children and older students. Children are invited to arrive between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. and report to the adjacent Hudgens Center for the Arts for a special "instrument petting zoo." Children can also enjoy a fun art project after they have seen the musicians' instruments "up close."

Students at the Gwinnett School for Mathematics, Science and Technology have been involved in a project titled "Art In Music." While listening to William's "Call of Champions," these students created visual art as they responded to the music. The winner of this art project/competition will be announced during the concert, and images from the project will be displayed on a large screen behind the musicians during the performance of that piece of music.

GSMST students are also serving as ushers for the concert.

Tickets are $12, $16 and $18, and can be purchased through Ticketmaster or at the Gwinnett Center Box Office. For more information about the concert or about

the Gwinnett Symphony Orchestra, visit www.newschoolof

music.com.

Holley Calmes is a freelance writer and public relations consultant specializing in the arts. E-mail hcalmes@mindspring.com.