January 24, 2013

Sara Lynn McCall, Graduate Assistant

Valdosta Symphony Orchestra's "French Festival" to be held Jan. 26-27

VALDOSTA – The Valdosta Symphony Orchestra’s 2012–13 season will continue at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26, in Whitehead Auditorium with the “French Festival,” featuring prominent saxophonist and Valdosta State University faculty member Joren Cain in the Georgia premiere of Fernande Decruck’s seductive Sonata in C# for Saxophone and Orchestra. 

“The saxophone is thought of primarily as a jazz instrument, but the Decruck Sonata demonstrates its amazing versatility in an orchestral setting,” said Cain. 

In honor of Debussy’s 150th birthday, the VSO will perform his masterpiece "La Mer (The Sea)," which is a powerful evocation of the ever-changing moods of the sea and the play of the sun and wind on the waves. Colin Matthews’ orchestration of three of Debussy’s most popular Preludes will also receive their Georgia premiere on this program.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students.

The VSO’s “French Festival” Family Concert will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 27, in Whitehead Auditorium. The VSO will collaborate with students and faculty members from Valdosta State University's Department of Art who will create artwork in real time in response to a live performance of Debussy’s "La Mer." Images of the ocean and live video of the artists in action will be projected onstage during the concert.  

“This music naturally lends itself to the meeting of the musical and the visual, so our younger audience members will receive sketch pads and crayons to give them the opportunity to participate in the creative process during the concert,” said VSO Music Director Howard Hsu.” 

The Family Concert also features Cain as soloist in Fernande Decruck's Sonata in C# for Saxophone and Orchestra. Designed with families in mind, family concerts last under an hour with no intermission. Children 18 and under get in free with purchase of a $15 adult ticket, and students get in free.

For more information, call 229-333-2150 or visit http://www.valdostasymphony.org/.

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