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Symphony of the Mountains and guest artist Ben Ivey to present From Baroque to Brazil Saturday, January 22, 2011, 8 PM at Virginia Intermont College, Bristol.

Symphony of the Mountains, under the direction of Conductor Cornelia Laemmli Orth, will present From Baroque to Brazil Saturday, January 22nd at 8 PM in Virginia Intermont’s Harrison-Jones Memorial Hall in Bristol. From Baroque to Brazil will feature the string orchestra of Symphony of the Mountains for performances of works by Jean-Baptiste Lully, Edvard Grieg, and Ottorino Respighi. Guest artist Ben Ivey, Winner of the 2010 Elizabeth Harper Vaughn Concerto Competition, will perform Ney Rosauro’s “Concerto for Marimba and String Orchestra, Op. 12.” Join the conductor and marimba soloist for a pre-concert chat at 7 PM to learn more about the evening’s program.

The journey From Baroque to Brazil begins in 17th century France with Jean-Baptiste Lully’s “Le Triomphe de L’Amour Ballet Suite.” Italian-born Lully pioneered the French Baroque style during the reign of Louis XIV. Edvard Grieg’s “Holberg Suite,” originally composed for piano, is written in Baroque form with Romantic language and Norwegian music colors. Ottorino Respighi’s “Antiche Danze ed Arie” is written in the language of the 20th century Italian composer. Contemporary composer Ney Rosauro’s “Concerto for Marimba and String Orchestra” will show you how Brazilians celebrate music.

Women’s Symphony Committee sponsors the annual Elizabeth Harper Vaughn Concerto Competition for young musicians. This nationwide competition allows three finalists the opportunity to present their chosen compositions before Conductor/Music Director Cornelia Laemmli Orth and a panel of distinguished judges. The winner of the Elizabeth Harper Vaughn Concerto Competition performs with the Symphony of the Mountains orchestra during the following concert season. Percussionist Ben Ivey will conduct a masterclass at the Kingsport Renaissance Center on Friday, January 21st at 4:30 PM. The masterclass, also sponsored by Women’s Symphony Committee, provides student musicians an opportunity to meet and learn from Symphony’s featured artist.

Tickets for the January 22nd concert at Virginia Intermont are $25 and are available at the Symphony of the Mountains office. As with all Symphony concerts, students are admitted free of charge. For more information, call (423) 392-8423, visit www.SymphonyoftheMountains.org, or join us on Facebook. From Baroque to Brazil is sponsored by John & Joan Gregory, BurWil Construction Company, Olin & Muriel Prather Foundation, Marvin & Marcia Gilliam, J. A Street & Associates, Women’s Symphony Committee, Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment of the Arts.