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ART BEAT: Ludwig Symphony Orchestra to present multi-faceted concert

Holley Calmes

Holley Calmes

The Ludwig Symphony Orchestra will offer concert-goers a roster of guest artists and a variety of classical selections when this professional orchestra takes the Gwinnett Performing Arts Center stage at 8 p.m. Nov. 20. No less than five featured performers or performing groups will be highlighted, performing on piano, violin and clarinet.

Now in its 12th season, the Ludwig Symphony Orchestra was initially started by Maestro Thomas Ludwig as a way to develop an Atlanta youth orchestra, offering opportunities to musically gifted children. Now the organization has grown to include 80 professional and semi-professional musicians.

The concert on Nov. 20 promises to satisfy many musical tastes. The concert is called “A Beethoven Fall Fiesta Gala Concert,” although Beethoven definitely shares the spotlight with many other composers.

One featured artist is Taiwanese pianist Sin Hsing Tsai, who will perform the Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No. 2. Born in Taiwan, Tsai graduated with a doctoral degree from the University of Southern California and also holds an artist diploma from the Hochschule fur Musik in Hamburg, Germany. She champions rare and underperformed masterpieces and is known for her technical virtuosity.

Another soloist is Middle Eastern phenomenon Malek Jandali. Also a pianist, Jandali ia premiering five of his original works including a new arrangement of the famous Chopin Nocturne in B Flat Minor. The German/Syrian Jandali is becoming a hit throughout Egypt, Syria, Iran and Dubai. He is in the middle of a concert tour of the United States, which includes appearances in Washington’s Kennedy Center and in Chicago and Houston.

Two other soloists include a violinist and a clarinetist. Alexander Ambartsumian is a 10-year-old Russian violinist who will perform the first movement of the Lalo Symphonie Espagnole. Chinese clarinetist Haotien-He will perform the Weber Concertino for Clarinet and Orchestra.

In addition to these works, a musical surprise of a different type will also be presented. The 28-member a cappella barbershop chorus “Atlanta Vocal Project” will be on hand to entertain the audience with their rousing renditions of popular songs complete with dancing and acting. Led by Musical Director Clay Hine, the group will offer such delights as “Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead” and more.

The concert also will include Mozart’s Overture to “Don Giovanni” as well as selections from Mendelssohn’s “Italian Symphony.” There will also be the world premiere of a work called “Adagietto in E Major” composed by the conductor himself.

Maestro Ludwig has enjoyed a 30-year career that has seen him conducting orchestras around the world. He was formerly music director for the New York City Symphony and resident conductor for American Ballet Theatre during the time when Mikhail Baryshnikov was artistic director.

Tickets for the concert are $19 for adults, $17 for seniors, and $10 for students under age 22. Tickets may be purchased by calling 770-623-8623, at the Gwinnett Center Box Office or at Ticketmaster.com.

For more information, visit www.ludwigsymphony.org.

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