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Glinka Ruslan and Lyudmila Overture Midkiff Mandolin Concerto From the Blue Ridge Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5 in E minor.

The Signature Classics season opens with Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony which demonstrated why he is considered one of the romantic era’s finest composers. Also featured is the Overture from Ruslan and Lyudmila opera by Mikhail Glinka. Joining the orchestra will be mandolinist and composer Jeff Midkiff who will perform his own Concerto for Mandolin and Orchestra From the Blue Ridge. This work directly reflects his roots in the Blue Ridge Mountains and his fondness for bluegrass music with a touch of swing and jazz in the mix.

Guest artist: Jeff Midkiff, mandolin