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Season preludes with classics and youth

A program titled simply Orchestral Favorites will inaugurate the 1997-98 Central Florida Symphony season at Curtis Peterson Auditorium in Lecanto Saturday at 3 p.m.

In addition to works by well-known classical composers such as Mendelssohn, Bizet, Mozart and Rimsky-Korsakov, the concert also will showcase a newly created work by 15-year-old composer C.M. Dess. The work, Prelude to a Bitter World, will feature piano soloist Gay Lyn Capitano. Saturdays's concert will mark the second time the piece has been performed in public.

At its first performance, the short piece, which ends abruptly, caught the audience off guard, Dess said.

"They didn't know whether to clap or what."

The young musician has been playing and composing for only 1{ years. He taught himself the basics of composing through a "MIDI" program on his computer.

"My favorite composer was Prokofiev when I first started," he said. "I put his music into the computer and learned from that."

Dess, who lives with his grandfather in Beverly Hills, said he hopes Prelude to a Bitter World will bring listeners a feeling of joy.

"It's a very happy piece," he said.

Single tickets for the performance are $7 for adult general admission ($12 reserved seating) and $4 for student general admission ($6 reserved seating). Season passes are $24 for adult general admission ($44 reserved seating) and $12 for student general admission ($22 reserved seating). For information, call 746-3788 or 746-9199.

The 60-piece orchestra will play three more concerts during the season, including Celebrate the Joy of the Season on Dec. 21, Celebrate the Triumph of Love on March 15 and Celebrate America with Pops on May 3.

Curtis Peterson Auditorium is in the Roger Weaver Educational Complex on Lecanto Highway (County Road 491) south of Lecanto.

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