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Freed Center to present ONU Symphony Orchestra: Eastern Melodies

Ohio Northern University’s Freed Center for the Performing Arts presents ONU Symphony Orchestra: Eastern Melodies in the Freed Center on Sunday, Jan. 30, at 4 p.m.
The ONU Symphony Orchestra and the Estonian Saxophone Quartet (SaxEst) will perform a variety of Eastern European music, including Jean Sibelius’ “Finlandia” and the Sailors Dance from “The Red Poppy” ballet by Reinhold Glière. The concert also will mark the world premiere performance of “A New Moon,” a new composition from renowned Estonian composer Tõnu Kõrvits. Commissioned by ONU, this new work is based on Celtic poems and is for saxophone quartet, mezzo soprano and orchestra.
The concert also will feature Dr. Orna Arania, an Israeli native and professor of voice at Northern Illinois University, who will be the mezzo-soprano. She will sing “Song to the Moon” from Antonin Dvorak’s opera “Rusalka.”
SaxEst was founded in 1999 and features music ranging from the Baroque and Classical era to original works from contemporary world composers as well as jazz and soul pieces. The group has released two CDs: the 2003 classical music album “Collocutio” and the 2009 Christmas album “My Gift to You.” The quartet has participated in many music festivals and, in January 2010, performed at Czech Touches of Music, an international music festival in Prague. This season, SaxEst will perform at music festivals in Romania, Great Britain and the United States.
In addition, SaxEst will present a free jazz concert with Estonian guest artist Siim Aimla in Presser Hall on Tuesday, Jan. 25, at 8 p.m.
On sale now, tickets for Eastern Melodies are $15 for general admission, $12 for seniors and non-ONU students, $9 for children, and $5 for ONU students. The Freed Center box office is open Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Phone orders are accepted with American Express, MasterCard, VISA or Discover by calling 419-772-1900. Tickets also are available online at