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Symphony's season ends with pops

The Central Florida Symphony will salute popular contemporary composers such as Bernstein, Gershwin and Copland.

By JORGE SANCHEZ

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 27, 2001


LECANTO -- The Central Florida Symphony closes out its current season with "An Afternoon at the Pops" concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at Curtis Peterson Auditorium.

The symphony pays tribute to popular contemporary composers, with selections from Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story, George Gershwin's An American in Paris and Aaron Copland's Hoe-Down.

Of the pops selections, Gershwin's An American in Paris is considered one of his major orchestral works. The idea of the rhapsodic ballet was inspired by his visit to Paris in 1926. It is meant to convey the free-wheeling spirit that Gershwin found in Paris, and it also contains a bit of blues.

Copland's Hoe-Down, from Rodeo, is as big and brassy as the American West it is meant to portray. The ballet features buckaroos and rancher's daughters.

Bernstein's West Side Story is a modern adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. The play is set in New York City, where two Puerto Ricans fall in love but run into troublebecause of gang affiliations. Songs include The Jets, I Feel Pretty and Somewhere (also known as A Place for Us).

Other music will include The Light Calvary Overture from classical composer Franz von Suppe, Carmen Suite by Georges Bizet and Romanian Rhapsody No. 2, Opus 11 by Georges Enesco.

Tickets for the concert are $15 (adult reserved seat) and $10 (adult general admission). Students are $7.50 and $5 respectively. Additionally, up to two students can accompany an adult with a general admission ticket for free.

Season tickets for the upcoming 25th season of the symphony are available for $50 until July 1. They increase to $55 after that date.

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