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Ludwig Orchestra strums heart strings at Valentines concert
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The Ludwig Symphony Orchestra presents “A Beethoven Romance For Valentine’s Day” gala concert at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center.

The performance features internationally renowned cellist Caroline Nicolas performing the popular Boccherini Cello Concerto in B flat; San Francisco Opera House baritone Igor Vieira interpreting arias of Mozart, Wagner and Bizet’s exciting “Toreador Song” from Carmen; and 14-year old violin prodigy Tracy Du in her debut with the Saint-Saens Violin Concerto No. 3.

Nicolas first made her mark in the music world by winning eight gold medals at the Royal Conservatory of Music in London. After graduating two years later from the Conservatoire National Superieur in Paris, she had a solo debut with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra where critics spoke of “her eloquent artistry and rich, vibrant sound.”

She has performed in France, England, Shanghai, Canada and the United States. She was the youngest winner of the Grand Forks Symphony International Young Artist Competition and is a regular performer at the Aspen Music Festival.

Brazil’s Vieira is was a world-finalist in the Luciano Pavarotti Voice Competition, and last season sang opposite soprano Renee Fleming in Donizetti’s “Lucrezia Borgia.” He has professionally performed 69 different operatic roles with such companies as the Teatro Municipal of Rio de Janeiro-Brazil, Opera du Villecroze-France, Teatro Barakaldo-Spain, San Francisco Lyric Opera, Fremont Opera, Sacramento Opera, and the Berkeley Opera.

Du will perform the first movement of Saint-Saens. An honors student at Johns Creek High School, Due is a member of the Ludwig Symphony Orchestra.

Maestro Thomas Ludwig, former music director of the New York City Symphony and resident conductor for the American Ballet Theatre with Mikhail Baryshnikov at the Metropolitan Opera House, will lead the 80-piece orchestra in a program that includes the stirring Beethoven Overture to Fidelio and the majestic Brahms Symphony No. 2. In keeping with the spirit of Valentine’s Day, every woman will be given a rose.

Tickets may be purchased by calling 770-623-8623 or www.ludwigsymphony.org. Tickets are $22 adult, $19 seniors and $12 students (under 22).

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