Piedmont Symphony opens 18th season Sunday, Oct. 27

The Piedmont Symphony Orchestra will open its 18th season Sunday afternoon, Oct. 27, at Highland School's Rice Center for the Performing Arts in Warrenton.

Music Director Glenn Quader will lead an all-Shostakovich concert at 3 p.m. World-famous cellist Jason Love will perform the Concerto Number 1. The concert will also include "October," Symphonic Poem and Symphony Number 1 in F Minor.

Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich was a Soviet Russian and one of most celebrated composers of the 20th century. Despite Stalinist opposition - he was repeatedly denounced and his music banned - Mr. Shostakovich remained enormously popular in his homeland and abroad. Both of his cello concertos were created for Mstislav Rostropovich, the matchless Russian cellist who from 1977 to 1994 served as musical director and conductor of Washington's National Symphony Orchestra.

Cellist Jason Love, music director of the Columbia Orchestra in Maryland, served 13 years as artistic director and conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestra. He performs in the United States and internationally.

Tickets - at $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $5 for students with appropriate ID - are available at the orchestra's website, www.piedmontsymphony.org or at the door on the day of the performance.

For more information, call 540-270-3168.

The Piedmont Symphony's season includes four other concerts:

Handel's Messiah - PSO Holiday Concert on Sunday, Dec. 8.

Peter and The Wolf - PSO Young People's Concert on Sunday, Feb. 16.

Appalachian Spring on Sunday, April 13.

Dads LOVE Beethoven! on Sunday, June 15.

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