DULUTH, Ga. —The Ludwig Symphony Orchestra, led by Maestro Thomas Ludwig, will be opening their 17th season with their “International Festival Concert.”
This concert will feature the premier of Ludwig’s newly revised violin concerto with internationally acclaimed soloist Janet Sung. Additionally, the concert will feature several other pieces and soloists Jose Sacin, a baritone with the Washington Opera, and Joshua Shue, a 17-year-old pianist from Johns Creek.
The concert will be held on Nov. 3, at 4 p.m.
Ludwig, an Atlanta resident himself, founded the LSO in 1998 and has conducted the orchestra since that date. He says that one of the goals of the LSO is to bring in local talent to play alongside these high profile performers.
There are 85 musicians in the orchestra, and Ludwig says they’re “the finest musicians in the area,” with musicians from Johns Creek, Forsyth County and all around Georgia.
“It always stuns me the amount of talent in Atlanta that people sometimes don’t know about, and they have to go other places to perform, and that’s just not quite right,” said Ludwig.
And one of these local talents is Shue, currently a junior at Northview High School. Shue has been playing the piano since he was 5 years old, when his mother began teaching him.
Since then, he has won multiple scholarships, competitions and participated in the Governor’s Honors Program for violin, as well as going to All-State for both piano and violin – all by the age of 17.
With such talent performing, down to each individual musician, the concert promises to be a joy for anyone with an interest in modern classical music.
IF YOU GO:
What: 17th season opener for the Ludwig Symphony Orchestra, featuring soloists Joshua Shue, Janet Sung and Jose Sacin.
Where: Gwinnett Center – Performing Arts Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth
When: 4 p.m. Nov. 3.
Cost: $12 – $22 per ticket.