FSO continues classical concert series

FLINT — The Flint Symphony Orchestra continues its 2015-16 classical concert series on Saturday, Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m. at The Whiting. The evening’s program is presented in collaboration with Black Classical Origins. The Flint Symphony Orchestra will be joined by guest artist Ilmar Gavilan on the violin.

The symphony will perform three selections over the course of the evening: Mountain, Monument & Song by William Grant Still; Violin Concerto by Sibelius; and Symphony No. 7 by Dvoák. Still was an African-American composer with more than 150 compositions to his credit. He accomplished many firsts as an African American in the field of classical music as the first to have a symphony performed by a leading orchestra, the first to conduct a major American symphony orchestra, the first to have an opera performed by a major opera company and the first to have an opera performed on national television.

Guest artist Gavilan has studied in his native Cuba, Russia, Spain and the United States. He is the current concertmaster of the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra and performs regularly as a substitute with the New Jersey Symphony.

The Flint Symphony Orchestra performs under the direction of Maestro Enrique Diemecke, who celebrates his 27th year with the FSO this season. Tickets: Call 1-888-8-CENTER.

— G.G.

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