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A recital featuring St. Louis Symphony Orchestra violinist Manuel Ramos kicks off the 2012-13 concert season at East Central College on Friday, August 24.


The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the John Edson Anglin Performing Arts Center on the ECC campus in Union.   The program will include Paganini’s dazzling Caprices and the beautiful Beethoven Spring Sonata.  He will be joined by ECC’s Jennifer Judd on piano.


Ramos has been associated with the St. Louis Symphony since 1976.  He has also served as Assistant Concertmaster of the Pittsburgh and San Diego Symphonies and as Concertmaster of the Mexico City Philharmonic.


Ramos has established himself as one of the most active Mexican musicians of his generation. His varied repertoire includes all the standard works for violin from Bach to Stravinsky and he has a special affinity for the music of his own country. His love of music from Mexico has roots in the popular music he played as a child with his father and brothers. At the age of 14 he entered the National Conservatory of Music in Mexico City, and later continued his studies at Indiana University.


An avid chamber musician, Ramos frequently performs in chamber music festivals in the United States and Mexico, and has toured South America, performing in Brazil, Chile, Argentina, and Paraguay. In addition, he has given recitals in Carnegie Hall in New York, and the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C.  Several of his solo appearances with Mexican orchestras have been televised throughout Mexico and Latin America.


Tickets can be reserved by calling 636-584-6693.  Patrons of the Arts and season pass holders are admitted at no charge, as are ECC students when presenting a current student ID.  Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger.  Tickets will also be sold at the door one hour prior to the performance. 

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