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Thursday, December 3, 1998

Salisbury Symphony Orchestra Performs December 12

SALISBURY, MD--The Salisbury Symphony Orchestra at Salisbury State University presents its annual holiday concert on Saturday, December 12, in Holloway Hall Auditorium on the SSU campus. Performance times are 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., with a reception to meet the orchestra members immediately following the 8 p.m. performance.

The featured guest performer is 16-year-old Guanqiao Tong, who will be performing the first movement of Rachmaninoff's "Piano Concerto No. 2 in c minor, Opus 18."

A resident of Onancock, VA, Guanqiao has studied for the past five years with Marion Herrett of Princess Anne. An honor student in his junior year at the Broadwater Academy in Exmore, VA, Tong this year won third place in the Davis Memorial Piano Competition and first place in the Doris Chase Sonata Competition, both held in Washington, D.C. Active in both hospital and library volunteer service, Tong enjoys math and English courses along with his music.

Tong said, "I want to keep doing well enough in school to keep my opportunities open." Dr. Thomas Elliot, music director and conductor of the SSO described Tong as, "possessing a maturity so rarely found in one so young."

Also programed is "The Rumanian Rhapsody, No. 2, Op. 11" by George Enesco, described by Elliot as "a lively and very ethnic piece, stirring and rousing." The concert will include the first movement of Cesar Franck‚s "Symphony in d minor"; and a tailored rendition of Rimsky-Korsakoff‚s "Suite from őThe Christmas Night‚" with special guest narrator, Dr. William C. Merwin, president of Salisbury State.

As usual, the annual SSO Holiday Concert will conclude with seasonal favorites, including the now-famous sing-a-long. Please note that this year Santa‚s visit will be limited to the 2 p.m. concert(due to his overwhelmingly busy schedule!). Santa will be leading youngsters, both young and the young-at-heart, in a special "holiday march" around the performance hall to the music of Victor Herbert‚s "Babes in Toyland."

Tickets, $15 for adults, and $8 for seniors (60 and up) and for students (18 and under), are available at any Salisbury Wicomico Arts Council outlet (410-341-0024); at Salisbury Music and Instrument Repair on Eastern Shore Drive in Salisbury (410-543-1200); or by calling the Symphony Office at 410-548-5587.


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