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Orchestra event aims for more personal experience

Jan. 10, 2013 @ 11:45 PM

HUNTINGTON -- Thursday evening marked the dawn of a new era, or at least a new concert series, for the Huntington Symphony Orchestra.

For the first time, HSO hosted a fundraiser in the form of a showcase of a classical musician, and the theme of the evening was Mozart's Birthday Party Celebration at the Touma Museum in downtown Huntington.

The event showcased music composed by Mozart and music composed during his era, which was performed by HSO musicians in period-appropriate apparel.

It was the first of what T. Hogan Haas, executive director of the orchestra, hopes will become a tradition for orchestra members and supporters.

"It's a new format, and we hope it will generate interest with current supporters during the winter months and bring us new supporters throughout the year," said Haas. "It's a good way to get up close and personal to the orchestra and experience good classical music."

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