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Ukiah Symphony Concert

(Dec 5-6) The stirring sounds of Romantic, classical music will fill the Mendocino College Center Theater on December 5th and 6th as the Ukiah Symphony Orchestra performs works of great Russian composers Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893), best known for his ballets "Swan Lake,” "The Sleeping Beauty" and "The Nutcracker,” and Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff (1873-1943), conductor, composer and virtuoso pianist. The first part of the program features the intensely lyrical, first movement of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake Suite. The Swan Melody, the first movement, is followed by Valse, a waltz; Danse des Cygnes (Swans); and Pas d’Action, a harp solo to be played by Anna Maria Mendietta. Three dance pieces follow—Czardus-Danse Hongroise, the Danse Espagnole and the Danse Napolitaine with a Mazurka, a lively Polish folk dance, concluding the suite. Following intermission, professional concert pianist Frank Wiens will perform Rachmaninoff’s enduringly popular Piano Concerto No. 2 on the college’s nine-foot Yamaha concert grand piano, accompanied by the orchestra. Romantic Russian Melodies will be performed on Saturday, December 5th at 8 p.m. and Sunday, December 6th at 3 p.m. at the Mendocino College Center Theater. Tickets are available at, Mendocino Book Company at 102 South School St. in Ukiah; and Mail Center, Etc. at 207A North Cloverdale Blvd. in Cloverdale. Prices are: $25 adults, $20 seniors, and $5 for those under 18 or ASB card holders. For more information call 462-0236. Concert sponsors are Realty World/Seltzer Realty, Savings Bank of Mendocino County, and "In Memory of Esther Stirling."

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