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‘Rhapsody and Romance’ concert set tonight

November 19, 2018

FLORENCE, S.C. – The Florence Symphony Orchestra will present “Rhapsody and Romance” at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center.

The concert will feature Overture to “Tannhäuser” by Wagner and “Romeo and Juliet” Suite No. 2, op. 64 by Prokofiev. A guest artist – pianist Mackenzie Melemed – will be featured playing Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, op. 43 by Rachmaninoff.

Melemed, 23, has performed more than 800 concerts since the age of 3. As a child, Melemed performed for President George W. Bush in Boston and was invited to perform at the White House multiple times. Melemed recently graduated from The Juilliard School and received the Arthur Rubinstein Prize at commencement. Melemed is currently in Juilliard’s Artist Diploma program.

The Florence Symphony Orchestra’s “Going Platinum” season marks the 70th anniversary of the symphony. The 60-piece orchestra is under the direction of Terry Roberts, who has been the conductor for 15 years.

The FSO will host an “Instrument Drive” starting Nov. 27 at the #GivingTuesday event in the Waters Building in downtown Florence. Used, working musical instruments will be collected until Dec. 17 and donated to FSD1 schools. Instruments can be brought to the FSO office in the FMU Performing Arts Center at 201 S. Dargan St. For more information, call 843-661-2541.

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