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Mansfield Symphony, youth orchestras to perform Russian classics

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Feb 4, 2019 at 7:00 PM

MANSFIELD — The Mansfield Symphony Orchestra will present its fourth concert of the 2018-2019 OhioHealth Symphony Series, “Russian Spectacular,” on Feb. 9.

The concert will be at 8 p.m. at the Renaissance Theatre in Mansfield. Under the direction of Octavio Más-Arocas, the event will feature a program celebrating Russian-themed masterworks of some of the world's greatest composers.

The Mansfield Symphony Youth Orchestra, under the direction of Randy Heidlebaugh, will join the symphony. The ensemble is composed of 75 student-musicians primarily in grades nine through 12 from the following schools: Ashland, Clearfork, Colonel Crawford, Galion, Home School, Lexington, Mansfield St. Peter's, Mapleton, Mount Vernon, Ontario, River Valley, Willard Intermediate, Wooster, and Wynford.

The youth orchestra will open the concert with "Dance of the Tumblers" from The Snow Maiden by Rimsky-Korsakov. Together, the groups will perform “Procession of the Sardar” from “Caucasian Sketches” by Ippolitov-Ivanov, “Russian Sailors Dance” from The Red Poppy by Glière, “Marche Slave” by Tchaikovsky, and ending with a rousing interpretation of Tchaikovsky's “Symphony No. 4.” 

The concert also will include an interactive app, EnCue. During Tchaikovsky's “Symphony No. 4,” patrons will be encouraged to open the EnCue app and enjoy the concert like never before, with pictures and insights synced with the music.

Prior to the event at 7 p.m., music historian Mark Sebastian Jordan will host “Symphony Chat” in the second-floor ballroom of the Renaissance Theatre. These popular free pre-show events offer fascinating information about the program and pieces, stories about the composers, as well as highlighting significant moments in the repertoire. Free hors d'oeuvres and half-price drinks will be served.

Tickets are on sale now for this concert at the Renaissance box office, via phone at 419-522-2726 and online at mansfieldtickets.com. The Mansfield Symphony’s “Russian Spectacular” concert is presented in part thanks to funding from the Ohio Arts Council.

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