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Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra Kicks Off 2016 with "Devotion and Dance"

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Posted at 9:15 AM, Jan 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-05 09:15:00-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) -- The Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra is beginning the new year with a new show. 

Devotion and Dance is a "program full of sentimentality and jubilation." 

The night begins with Luigi Boccherini’s homage to the Don Juan story, "La Casa del Diavolo."

Then, pianist Conrad Tao joins the orchestra for a performance of Schumann’s piano concerto in A Minor.

"At once brooding and buoyant, this work centers on the interdependent relationship between soloist and orchestra, mirroring the passionate devotion between the composer and his wife Clara, a brilliant pianist and artistic champion."  Beethoven’s victorious Seventh Symphony then closes the show. 

According to the artist biography, Tao "has appeared worldwide as a pianist and composer, and has been dubbed a musician of "probing intellect and open-hearted vision" by the New York Times, a "thoughtful and mature composer" by NPR, and "ferociously talented" by TimeOut New York. In June of 2011, the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars and the Department of Education named Tao a Presidential Scholar in the Arts, and the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts awarded him a YoungArts gold medal in music. Later that year, Tao was named a Gilmore Young Artist, an honor awarded every two years highlighting the most promising American pianists of the new generation. In May of 2012, he was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant."

Devotion and Dance is Saturday, January 9 starting at 8 p.m. The performance is at Ruby Diamond Concert Hall.

Tickets are start at $10.

WTXL ABC 27 Chief Meteorologist Casanova Nurse will also be on hand as the emcee of the evening. 

For more information, call (850) 224-0461 or click here.