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Alma Symphony Orchestra Opens 57th Season with ‘Latin Fiesta’

“This will be an exciting and appealing concert for both first-time and regular concert goers, with lots of variety, beautiful melodies and catchy tunes.” — Murray Gross

The Alma Symphony Orchestra opens its 57th season with a “Latin Fiesta” in observance of National Hispanic Heritage Month.

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The concert begins at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23 in the Remick Heritage Center at Alma College. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors 62 and up, and free for Alma College staff, students and youth 18 and under. Seating is reserved. Call (989) 463-7304 for ticket information.

“We will have music from Spain, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Peru and Argentina — titles representing a wide range of Latin music,” says Murray Gross, who returns for his 13th season as music director and conductor. “This will be an exciting and appealing concert for both first-time and regular concert goers, with lots of variety, beautiful melodies and catchy tunes.”

The concert opens and closes with familiar music from the 19th century opera “Carmen” and the 1964 Broadway musical “Man of La Mancha,” works that are not considered authentic Spanish but music inspired by Spain, says Gross.

The program includes the lively and substantive “Capriccio Espagnol” by Russian composer Rimsky-Korsakov. It is based on a series of Spanish folk melodies and features several solos by different instrumentalists.

“This is a colorful, flashy orchestral showpiece,” says Gross. “It’s a very challenging piece for the orchestra and fun to hear by the audience.”

The orchestra also will perform excerpts from Manuel deFalla’s “Love, The Magician,” including the familiar “Ritual Fire Dance,” along with five short works from different countries
— “some slow and sensuous and others upbeat and exciting,” says Gross.

The approximately 100-member Alma Symphony Orchestra includes a mix of professional musicians from the mid-Michigan area and Alma College student-performers.

Story published on October 04, 2016