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Hunterdon Symphony begins 40th season with “Flames of Passion”


Hunterdon Symphony opens its 40th anniversary season Saturday, Nov. 2, with a program titled “Flames of Passion,” a selection of works that will include dance music from Russia, France, Austria and Mexico.

The performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. at Hunterdon Central High School, Route 31, Flemington, N.J., under the direction of Conductor Lawrence Kursar.

On the program are two suites adapted from ballets, “Firebird” by Stravinsky and “Spartacus” by Khachaturian.

Also scheduled to be performed is the overture from “Prometheus,” the only ballet that Beethoven composed, “Dance Macabre” by Saint Saens and “Danzon No. 2” by Mexican composer Arturo Marquez.

Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 for seniors and $10 for students. Advance sales are available at the following New Jersey merchants (cash or check only): Califon Book Shop, Bearpaw Leather in Clinton, Teaberry’s Tea Room in Flemington, or Libbybeans Chocolatier or The Book Garden in Frenchtown.

Tickets will also be available at the door on the evening of the concert. For information or to request an accommodation for a disability, visit the web site or call 908-995-7977.

The season will continue Sunday, Dec. 15, with the Hunterdon Choral Union and Symphony performing works highlighting a British Isles holiday. The Symphony’s annual Concert for Young People on Saturday, Feb. 8, will focus on flight. The concert will be followed by the “Instrument Petting Zoo.”

A 40th Anniversary Concert on Saturday, April 25, will feature Russian pianist Ilya Yakushev performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, the “Emperor.” To mark the season, the Symphony will travel to Vienna to perform and tour; it will present a “Send-Off Concert” in Hunterdon County on June 24.