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International Festival Concert is Sunday at Gwinnett Center
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“An International Festival Concert”

When: 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3

Where: Gwinnett Center-Performing Arts Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway No. 100, Duluth

Cost: $22 adults, $19 seniors older than 65 and $12 for students younger than 21.

Contact: 770-623-8623 or visiting

Musicians from Korea, Peru and Atlanta will kick off the Ludwig Symphony Orchestra’s 17th season with “An International Festival Concert” at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3 at the Gwinnett Center-Performing Arts Center.

Internationally renowned Korean violinist Janet Sung, Peruvian baritone Jose Sacin and local wunderkind pianist Joshua Shue are the featured musicians of the concert. They will perform selections from the Ludwig violin Concerto, two arias in honor of Verdi’s birth and an Andante from Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No. 2.

Tickets are $22 for adults, $19 for seniors older than 65 and $12 for students younger than 21. Purchase tickets by calling 770-623-8623 or visiting

Sung enjoys an acclaimed international career as a virtuoso soloist, praised for her tone and bravura performances. Sung plays on a rare 1600 Maggini violin.

Since her orchestral debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at age 9, Sung has soloed with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Aspen Chamber Orchestra, Korea’s Pusan Philharmonic, Germany’s Stelzen Festival Orchestra, Russia’s Omsk Philharmonic and the National Symphony Orchestra of Bashkortostan. She has performed at Switzerland’s Lucerne Festival and served on the faculty of the Juilliard School.

Baritone Jose Sacin from the Washington Opera will return for two Verdi arias — “Pieta, rispetto amore” from Macbeth and the “Cortigiani” from Rigoletto.

Hailed for an “expressive voice of liquid gold” and “the stage presence of a lion,” the Peruvian native has performed with Placido Domingo in Washington, D.C., and appeared with at the Caramoor International Festival and with the Baltimore Opera. The orchestral program includes the exciting “Scherzo” from Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, Rossini’s scintillating Overture to “The Silken Ladder,” and Wagner’s expansive and richly orchestrated “Prelude and Love Death” from Tristan and Isolde.

Maestro Thomas Ludwig will lead the 80-piece orchestra. He is the former music director of the New York City Symphony and resident conductor for American Ballet Theatre with Mikhail Baryshnikov at the Metropolitan Opera House.

For more information, visit or call 770-623-8623.

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