Fall sounds
Concert to feature international, orchestra musicians

With "a touch of the Orient and a twist of the Middle East," the Ludwig Symphony Orchestra will open its 11th season with a gala concert, "A Fanciful Fall Festival," at 4 p.m. Sunday.

The orchestra is under the direction of Thomas Ludwig, former music director of the New York City Symphony and resident conductor for American Ballet Theatre with Mikhail Baryshnikov.

Sunday's concert will feature the talents of four international musicians. Korean violinist Janet Sung will be featured in the Bruch-Scottish Fantasy for violin, harp and orchestra; Italian pianist Paolo Andre Gualdi will play the Ludwig-Scherzo Capriccioso; Chinese guzheng expert He Yi will perform on the traditional Chinese instrument, which Ludwig described as a 16-string zither-like instrument; and Syrain-born composer and pianist Malek Jandali-Syrian will be featured in the world premiere of his piece, "Echoes from Ugarit," based on the oldest music notation in the world, a 3,400-year-old melody written on stone tablets and found at Ugarit, an ancient port city on the Mediterranean coast.

"This should be an extremely entertaining event with some of the finest international soloists performing interesting and varied masterpieces all with the backdrop of Gwinnett's own 80-piece world class symphony," Ludwig said, calling the event "a premiere classical music experience with a hint of the unexpected in an intimate and energetic atmosphere."

Tickets for Sunday's gala concert are $17 for adults, $15 for seniors and $8 for students under age 22.

SideBar: If You Go

· What: Ludwig Symphony Orchestra's gala concert, "A Fanciful Fall Festival"

· When: 4 p.m. Sunday

· Where: Gwinnett Center - Performing Arts Hall, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth

· Cost: $17 for adults, $15 for seniors and $8 for students under the age of 22

· For more information: Call 770-623-8623 or visit www.ludwigsymphony.org