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CLASSICAL GUITARIST TO APPEAR WITH N.C. SYMPHONY

CLASSICAL GUITARIST TO APPEAR WITH N.C. SYMPHONY

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The N.C. Symphony, with guitarist Angel Romero as guest artist, will perform at 8 p.m. Wednesday in Aycock Auditorium at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

The concert, under the direction of guest conductor James Sedares of the Phoenix Symphony, opens the 1990-91 season of the University Concert and Lecture Series. Tickets are $10, $8 for senior citizens and non-UNCG students. They will be available at the door or in advance by calling the box office at 334-5546 between 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays.Romero will be featured in Joaquin Rodrigo's ``Fantasia para un Gentilhombre' written for guitar and orchestra. Also to be performed are Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's ``Symphony No. 31 in D. Major, K. 297 (Paris)' and Antonin Dvorak's ``Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Opus 95 (From the New World).'

Born in Malaga, Spain, Romero made his professional debut at age 6. He made his U.S. debut in 1962 at age 16, playing at the Hollywood Bowl. Romero has been called one of the leading classical guitarists of his generation. In 1986, he became the youngest person ever to receive Spain's highest civilian honor, the Grand Order of Civil Merit.

He has performed with major orchestras and has recorded 14 albums, the latest called ``A Touch of Class.'

UCLS season memberships are $74 and are available from the UNCG box office. In addition to the Sept. 19 concert, the UCLS fall semester schedule includes: Paul Winter Consort, Oct. 19; Lezginka Folk Dance Company of Russia, Oct. 30; Hanover Band, Nov. 17; N.C. Symphony holiday pops concert, Nov. 30; ``Sarafina,' a South African musical on national tour, Jan. 23; Boys Choir of Harlem, Feb. 12; Hal Holbrook in ``Mark Twain Tonight,' March 2; Eliot Feld Ballet, April 15.

'Cinderella'

The Piedmont Opera Company will open its 1990-91 season with Gioacchino Rossini's ``Cinderella' at 8 p.m. Friday in the Stevens Center in Winston-Salem.

Soloist Melanie Sonnenberg will sing the title role. She last sang with the Piedmont Opera in its production of ``The Tales of Hoffmann' and has appeared with the New York City Opera. Her prince will be sung by Glenn Siebert, who has sung with the Chicago Opera Theatre.

Cinderella's sisters are played by soprano Alice Pierce and mezzo soprano Diane Thornton, both of Winston-Salem. Pierce is a Metropolitan Opera regional finalist who is on the N.C. School of the Arts faculty. Thornton sang in Piedmont's 1989 production of ``Romeo and Juliet.'

Rossini's ``Cinderella,' in Italian ``La Cenerentola,' differs from the traditional fairy tale. The fairy godmother is replaced by the prince's tutor. He discovers Cinderella and plays matchmaker for her and the prince. Italian censors of the 19th century wouldn't allow Cinderella to bare her foot on stage, so the glass slipper was out.

Rossini has her give the prince a bracelet, one of a matched pair. When he finds the girl with the other bracelet, true love has its way.

Norman Johnson, Piedmont Opera's veteran conductor, will direct the music by the Winston-Salem Symphony.

The production which will be repeated at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, and at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25.

Tickets are priced from $6 to $20 with a $1 discount for senior citizens and students. For information, call the box office at 725-2022.

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