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Orquestra de Sao Paulo to perform Latinesque concert at Wake Forest

October 13, 2006

The recently revitalized Orquestra de São Paulo of Brazil, will perform the third concert of Wake Forest University’s Secrest Artists Series at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8 in Wait Chapel. A Secrest Signature Talk with Patricia Dixon, senior lecturer in music at Wake Forest, will be held prior to the concert at 6:40 p.m. in the Balcony Room.

The concert, conducted by John Neschling, will feature a Latinesque, percussion-filled program, including “La Boda de Luis Alonson” by Marisol Jiménez and Alberto Ginastera’s “Estancia: Ballet Suite.” Award-winning Brazilian cellist Antonio Meneses will be the featured soloist on Heitor Villa-Lobos’ “Cello Concerto No. 2.”

Orquestra de Sao Paulo is the state orchestra of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Founded in 1953, it recently underwent a successful reconstruction process led by Neschling, who is also the orchestra’s artistic director. The orchestra is known for interpreting traditional symphonic repertoire and works by Brazilian composers.

Meneses is a Herbert von Karajan protégée, Tchaikovsky Gold Medal winner and first prize winner in the Munich International Competition. He plays a rare circa 1730 cello made by Allessandro Gagliano in Naples.

Tickets are $20 for adults; $15 for senior citizens and non-WFU students; and $5 for children under 12. Tickets are available from the Theatre Box Office in Scales Fine Arts Center by calling (336) 758-5295.

Other concerts in the 2006-2007 Secrest Artists Series include:

Feb. 22 - 23, “Nomad: The River,” featuring Chinese artist Yin Mei in a unique blend of Chinese and Western dance, theater and music, 7:30 p.m., Brendle Recital Hall.

March 29, The Tallis Scholars, a renowned English choral ensemble performing Renaissance sacred music, 7:30 p.m., Brendle Recital Hall.

Press Contacts:

Pam Barrett
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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