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3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25

Manchester Symphony Orchestra brings

the Russians to the MC stage Oct. 25

The Manchester Symphony Orchestra brings the music of noted Russian composers to the stage at 3 p.m. this Sunday, Oct. 25. The performance in Cordier Auditorium of Manchester College is free, as a thank you to supporters of 71 seasons of community symphony. New this season are special pre-concert buffets in the College dining commons.

Theme of the first concert of the season, conducted by Scott Humphries, is “The Russians are Coming!” Humphries conducted several of the selections on the program while with the Roanoke Youth Symphony Orchestra in Virginia. “I had the idea to do a concert of this nature for some time,” says Humphries, visiting assistant professor of music at Manchester.

The music is both challenging for musicians while also interesting for all audiences, he notes. Among music on the program: Capriccio Italien by Tchaikovsky, Overture from the Life of the Czar by Glinka and Concerto for Saxophone by Glazunov with a featured alto saxophone solo by Barbara Burdge, assistant professor of social work.

Burdge, who joined the MSO last season, also is comfortable with the mellophone, French horn, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone and soprano saxophone. “I’ve never played with an orchestra as a soloist,” she says, adding with a smile, “It’s a whole new world.”

Two seatings are offered for the pre-concert buffets sponsored by Chartwells, the College dining service: at noon and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. The Oct. 25 menu includes carved turkey, baked whitefish, sauteed beef tips, plus stir-fry and salad stations. Reservations, at $10, are necessary; call 260-982-5289.

In addition to four major concerts annually, the society sponsors workshops and other performances. The Sunday performances begin at 3 p.m.; all are free. Here’s the 2009-2010 schedule:

Sunday, Dec. 6: “Holiday with the Americans” (Cordier Auditorium)

Sunday, March 14: “Mostly Mozart” (Honeywell Center, Wabash)

Sunday, May 16: “Concerto,” featuring soloists from the MSO’s 2009-2010 competition (Cordier Auditorium)

For more about the Manchester Symphony Society and supporting its non-profit Manchester Symphony Orchestra, visit

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