ASO to host highly-acclaimed international violinist; wine tasting

Feb. 1—ANDERSON — Saturday evening could be an eventful one for the Anderson Symphony Orchestra.

It will host its first concert of 2024, but before that, will be hosting Chocolate and Wine Tasting from 5 to 7 p.m.

Roughly 17 wines from various wineries will be available for tasting for the orchestra's annual Chocolate and Wine fundraiser, according to Darla Sallee, executive director of ASO.

Music from Gert Kumi, an ASO violinist, will accompany the event, which will be followed by the concert at 7:30 p.m.

"Classical Masterworks," the main concert, will feature Sirena Huang, a nationally and internationally renowned violinist.

She most recently received a Gold Medal during the 11th Indianapolis Quadrennial International Violin Competition.

The medal comes with a touring schedule and recording contract, according to a biography provided by ASO.

She will open with Beethoven's "Overture to Egmont, Op. 84" followed by Tchaikovsky's "Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D Major, Op. 35"

Huang and the orchestra will play three movements of the piece. After an intermission, it will be followed by four movements of Brahms' "Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68."

Saturday's concert will be the fourth installment of ASO's "Maestro" series, honoring Music Director Rick Sowers, who will be retiring this spring.

"Bittersweet" was how Sowers described his impending retirement. Although he is excited to be less busy, he will miss performing with the ASO members.

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