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Angelo State's Symphony Orchestra to perform concert Saturday evening

The concert performance will celebrate the 100th birthday of Argentine composer, Astor Piazzolla.
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SAN ANGELO, Texas — The Angelo State University Symphony Orchestra will celebrate the 100th birthday of Argentine composer, Astor Piazzolla, with a concert performance at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, at Southland Baptist Church, 4300 Meadow Creek Trail.

"Sights and Sounds", and is free and open to the public. The program will feature music from around the world by composers from China, Argentina, Brazil and the U.S., including George Gershwin, Heitor Villa-Lobos and Astor Piazzolla.

The concert will also feature special guest performer Charles Olivier, director of the Texas Tech University Tango Orchestra, on bandoneon, a type of concertina that looks similar to a miniature accordion and is a typical instrument in tango ensembles.

Piazzolla was a tango composer and bandoneon player who revolutionized the traditional tango into a new style termed nuevo tango, incorporating elements from jazz and classical music. He has been described as the world's foremost composer of tango music. He died in 1992.

The ASU Symphony Orchestra includes more than 40 student musicians and is directed by Dr. Fagner Magrinelli Rocha, assistant professor of music.