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BPO’s new season colored by sounds from around world

The concert opens with the Overture to Mendelssohn’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream,” including the famous Wedding March. Completing the concert, in wild contrast, are the exotic “Polovtsian Dances,” from Alexander Borodin’s opera “Prince Igor.” They add a lighter note and reflect the season’s Russian ambience. You will recognize the melodies, which were used in the musical “Kismet.” Among them are “Baubles, Bangles and Beads” and the iconic “Stranger in Paradise.” The guest conductor for this concert is Sarah Ioannides. This will be her Buffalo debut. – The Buffalo News

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Organist Szafron set to reprise ‘Toccata Festiva’ to open Philharmonic’s season

Szafron will again perform “Toccata Festiva” during the Spartanburg Philharmonic’s season-opening concert Saturday at Twichell Auditorium. “This is the music — with Brennan as solo artist — that sort of launched my relationship with Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra,” Ioannides said. “So I absolutely feel a personal connection to it.” – Spartanburg Herald Journal

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