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Valdosta Orchestra hosts April’s ‘Musical Pictures’

Valdosta Symphony Orchestra will present the “Musical Pictures” concert this month, which will be held in the Whitehead Auditorium in the Fine Arts building.

 The Valdosta Symphony is comprised of professional musicians and VSU students that will play a variety of instruments including violins, cellos, flutes, trumpets, and trombones.

 “There will also be a wide array of percussion instruments including tympani, bass drum and castanets,” Dr. Howard Hsu, assistant professor of music, and director of orchestra studies, said.

 The concerts consist of a Youth Concert and a Family Concert.

 The Youth Concert will be held tomorrow at 10 a.m.

 “This concert is specially designed to be a musical and educational experience for younger students ranging from elementary school through high school,” Hsu said.

 The program will include many different types of music that will be played by the orchestra.

 “Feature selections include classical music composed by Rossini, Wagner, Debussy, Vivaldi and Ravel, and this vivid music will evoke images in the minds of the audience,” he said.

  “For example, in the Vivaldi Four Seasons (featuring VSO Concertmaster Nina Lutz and violin soloist), you can hear birdcalls, a bubbling stream and thunder and lightning.”

 Youth concerts are held four times per year by VSO.

 “Every year, the VSO invites music educators throughout South Georgia to bring their students to attend,” he said. “This free youth concert will be a delight for all in attendance.”

 The Family Concert will be performed on Sunday at 3 p.m. and is free to all VSU students.

 “This concert is a performance for families,” Hsu said. “Our audience is primarily from the Valdosta area, though we do draw from throughout Southern Georgia and Northern Florida as well.”

 Also one of the main features, the concert will showcase artwork by local children projected in video during the performance.

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