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Massimiliano Caldi

The Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra performs at the Wildstein Center for the Performing Arts at South Florida State College on Jan. 20, at 7 pm. The orchestra is making its premiere United States tour.

Massimiliano Caldi will conduct the program which includes the “Overture to The Flying Dutchman” by Richard Wagner, Frederic Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor (Op. 21) and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade.”

“This is a rich and beautiful program for classical music lovers,” said Cindy Garren, director of cultural programs at SFSC.

Tickets are $29, $33, and $38. Students can purchase tickets for $10 at the SFSC Box Office. This special student rate is not available online, and students may be asked to present a student ID. Carol Emery, SFSC professor emerita, is sponsoring the performance.

The orchestra hails for Gdansk, a city rich in history that lies along Poland’s Baltic coast. Gdansk, formerly known as Danzig, was once an independent city-state. It fell alternately under German and Polish rule. It was the birthplace of the Solidarity protest movement that ushered in the downfall of Poland’s communist government.

Born in Milan, Caldi served as the principal conductor of Milano Classica Chamber Orchestra from 1998 to 2009 before taking up his post in Gdansk in 2012. From 2006 to 2010, he was the artistic director of the Silesian Chamber Orchestra.

The performance features piano soloist Marcin Koziak. Born into a musical family in Krakow, the 26-year-old Koziak made his debut with Krakow Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra when he was 11 years old. He has performed in 22 countries around the world, including Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, National Opera in Warsaw, and the Art Center of Kobe in Japan.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.sfscarts.org or at the box office located on the Highlands Campus at 600 West College Dr., Avon Park. For group sales or more information, call the box office at 863-784-7178.

Upcoming performances include: Live From Nashville on Jan. 28, The Buddy Holly Story on Feb. 4, and The McCartney Years on Feb. 13.