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Johnson City Symphony opening night Saturday

Staff Reports • Oct 11, 2013 at 9:57 AM

With a theme of Dreams and Inspirations, the Johnson City Symphony opens its 44th season Saturday. Opening Night: Tragedy to Triumph features cellist Cherylonda Fitzgerald. Under the direction of Music Director and Conductor Robert J. Seebacher, the JCSO will present music by Antonin Dvorak and Jean Sibelius.

Cherylonda Fitzgerald, principal cellist for the JCSO, also performs with the (Kingsport) Symphony of the Mountains and the Asheville Symphony. She teaches at East Tennessee State University and Milligan College, as well as giving private lessons. She is also a founding member of The Paramount Chamber Players, a group of musicians dedicated to sharing chamber music with local audiences.

One of the themes of Dvorak’s “Concerto for Cello in B minor” suggests a love story; there is love and longing in this piece as well as anguish for his love’s death.

Jean Sibelius’s “Symphony No. 2 in D Major” was quickly perceived by Finns as a protest against the incursions of neighboring Russia.

The two works show us both tragedy and triumph, the theme of the upcoming concert.

The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Mary B. Martin Auditorium of Seeger Chapel at Milligan College. Individual concert tickets are $35, $30 for seniors (65+), and $10 for students. Season tickets are still available online at www.jcsymphony.com or by calling the symphony office at 926-8742. Free bus service is available from Colonial Hill, leaving at 6:15 p.m.; Maplecrest and Appalachian Christian Village, at 6:30; and City Hall, at 6:45 p.m. Concerts are partially funded under an agreement with the Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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