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Source: Todd Holmberg, 785-532-6425,
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News release prepared by: Nellie Ryan, 785-532-6415,

Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009


MANHATTAN -- Latin America's premier orchestra, Orquestra de Sao Paulo, will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at Kansas State University's McCain Auditorium. The concert is part of the McCain Performance Series.

The orchestra is known for honoring the rich musical traditions of South America and performs several works by well-known Brazilian composers. The McCain performance will feature the percussion concerto "Veni, Veni, Emmanual" by Scottish composer James MacMillan. Featured will be Scottish percussion virtuoso Dame Evelyn Glennie. Glennie, who lost nearly all of her hearing by age 12, is an internationally acclaimed soloist who is noted for her special connection to music.

Orquestra de Sao Paulo has grown significantly since its founding in 1954, becoming a true part of Latin America's culture. The group has toured throughout Latin America, the United States and Europe.

Tickets for the performance are on sale now. Prices start at $20 for K-State students and $40 for the general public. Discounts for K-State faculty and staff, military and children are available. Tickets can be purchased at the McCain Auditorium box office, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, or by calling 785-532-6428. More information is available online at

Preceding the orchestra's performance, Kurt Gartner, K-State associate professor of music, will lead the McCain Conversation, "Touch the Sound: Evelyn Glennie and the New Paradigm in Musical Sensitivity." The conversation, which is free and open to the public, starts at 6:30 p.m. in 204 McCain.