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Culture notes: Classical tribute to premiere at All Saints; Ludwig Symphony opens season

Work commissioned by Atlantan to premiere
When Frank Thomas heard a piece by Tarik O’Regan on the radio three years ago, the impressed Atlanta attorney had to pull to the I-85 shoulder to scribble the composer’s name.

In an unlikely chain of events, Thomas got in touch with the London-born O’Regan, who resides in New York and Cambridge, England, and commissioned him to create a choral work honoring Ray and Beth Chenault, choirmasters and organists at All Saints’ Episcopal Church.

And so O’Regan’s “Blessed Are They” will be given its world premiere during All Saints’ Holy Eucharist services at 9 and 11:15 a.m. Sunday (open to the public). The composer will attend, and Ray Chenault will conduct the accompanying string quartet.

634 W. Peachtree St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-881-0835, HOWARD POUSNER

Ludwig Symphony launches 17th year
he Ludwig Symphony Orchestra opens its 17th season with “An International Festival Concert” at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Performing Arts Center at Duluth’s Gwinnett Center.

Korean-born violinist Janet Sung will be featured in the world premiere of a newly revised violin concerto by maestro Thomas Ludwig. Other guest artists are Peruvian baritone Jose Sacin and 16-year-old pianist-Joshua Shue. Ludwig will lead the 80-piece orchestra.

Tickets ($22, $19 seniors, $12 students) via 770-623-8623, HOWARD POUSNER

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