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Symphony serves up ‘Forbidden Fruit’

The Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra (GNSO) will offer “Forbidden Fruit” to its expanding audience in its first concert of 2018 on Saturday, January 20 at 7:30 p.m. at Aquinas Hall on the Mount Saint Mary College campus in Newburgh. The program, under the direction of Maestro Russell Ger, will feature Mozart’s Don Giovanni Overture, Tchaikovsky’s Romeo & Juliet Fantasy, and Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, three tales of forbidden love.

Describing the program, Ger said “Don Giovanni explores both the lighthearted and darker implications of the Don’s flippantly irreverent seductions, while Tchaikovsky’s famous soaring love theme portrays the ardent intensity of the young lovers, Romeo and Juliet. New to this audience will be the Frenchman Hector Berlioz’ astonishing Symphonie Fantastique. It tells the story of a lovelorn artist who is plunged into the depths of despair by an unrequited passion. The artist attempts to take a lethal drug dose, but instead experiences a series of vivid hallucinations, which slowly turn into ghoulish nightmares. It is a blazingly fun piece and sure to become an instant favorite with our wonderful greater Newburgh audience.”

In his first year at the helm of the GNSO, Ger became well-known for his informed and witty commentary from the podium at each program. Since September 2016, audiences for the orchestra’s performances virtually doubled and this response even enabled the GNSO to add an extra concert in March 2017. Six performances are also scheduled for the 2017-18 season.

“Forbidden Fruit” will be presented Saturday, January 20 at 7:30 p.m. at Mount Saint Mary College’s Aquinas Hall (arrive at 6:30 p.m. for the concert preview by Gordon Shacklett). Tickets – Balcony $45, Reserved $35, Open $30, Senior Citizen $22 – can be purchased online or at the door. Call 913-7157 or visit newburghsymphony.org. Students are admitted free for open seating. The snow date for the concert is 3 p.m. on Sunday, January 21.

The Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra is one of the leading cultural institutions of the Hudson River Valley. It was founded in 1995 by Dr. Woomyung Choe and its first president, George Handler, who was followed as president after 10 years by the late Fred McCurdy. In addition to its regular concerts, the Orchestra annually visits a local high school where its professional musicians — who come from throughout the Valley — play “Side-by-Side” in a formal concert with student musicians.

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