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June 12th, 2013

Symphony shows off its red hot Latin sound

RHINEBECK - It’s the perfect sounds of summer - very hot, yet relaxed, confident, yet totally consuming with new beats of Brazilian Jazz, and the staccato sounds of Spanish flamenco. It’s the music of The Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra at its June 15th Red Hot Pops performance at the Rhinebeck High School auditorium. "This is our last concert for the season," Music Director for the Symphony, Kathleen Beckmann said, "and what a terrific way to begin a summer vacation."

From the very beginning, the concert sweeps the audience to sunny Spain with Espana, waltz op. 236 by Emile Waldteufel. Considered one of Europe’s best known 19th century French waltz kings, Waldteufel’s waltz sets the stage for an evening of musical enchantment with this musical arrangement based on Spanish folk songs.

Then, returning to the stage for this special engagement, Spanish dancer Kati Garcia- Renart captivates the audience with castanets and complex footwork with her interpretation of Manuel de Falla’s operatic dance, La Vida Breve. Ms. Garcia Renart noted, "I see it as a fun, flirtatious dance that combines classical Spanish ‘danza estilizada’ with the spirit of flamenco. The audience should really hone in on the rhythms de Falla wrote for a piece that he masterfully underscored with fiery flamenco and castanets" she said.

The concert then takes us across the ocean to the lush tropics of South America of Brazil and the classical sounds of Heitor Villa-Lobos’ interpretation of Bach, with his Bachianas Brasileiras No 5. Then, in recognition of a contemporary classic NDSO picks up the bossa nova beat of the ever popular The Girl from Ipanema, by Antonio Carlos Jobim. This year is actually a 50 year anniversary for this ageless song - excellente!

It’s also a perfect introduction for symphonic violinist, Nicholas Szucs. Well traveled himself, Mr. Szucs has worked with symphonies throughout the United States, from the Dallas Opera and Shreveport Symphony to the Hudson Valley Philharmonic. For his performance at the Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra, Szucs takes us to the streets of Seville, Spain where he explores one of the most fascinating women in the world of opera, Carmen, in Pablo de Saraste’s Carmen Fantasy. To achieve this musical portrait, Szucs will be playing on a much prized 1928 Fagnola violin, valued at $100,000. Szucs performance has already engaged audiences. Recently, he received rave reviews for his performance of Carmen Fantasy, as critical acclaimed, "Szuc’s virtuosity combined with natural flair made for absolute magic in a dazzling display of style, substance and showmanship."

Ending the evening performance is a regional favorite, Matt Finley and Rio JAZZ, with multi talented pianist, Jon Werking. Since childhood, Finley notes the sounds of sambas, cha cha’s and Havana were burned in his memory by his father who loved the music and rhythms of South America and Cuba. By the ‘60’s, Finley was arranging his own music by marrying computer software programs with beats to give him a variety of rhythms. By the 1990s he was composing his own pieces, which he describes as music with "contemporary Brazilian chords fused with Cuban and Latin rhythms." Rio JAZZ will be performing four pieces as part of Finley’s "Brazilian Wish" composition, including pieces dedicated to his father and brother. And, as is tradition, his musical closer is an up tempo number that is sure to get people wanting more. "If they’re not tapping their toes, snapping their fingers or moving to a samba in their seats, they’re in the wrong concert hall," Finley said

Concert- goers have an opportunity to stay in touch with upcoming events and concerts merely by going to our website at, or by calling 845 635-0877. The Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra is a not for profit 501 © (3) performing arts organization that relies on donations from people like you to continue making music accessible to the community.

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