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Cuddle up with a loved one at symphony's romance concert

It might be cold outside, but inside the Three Rivers Convention Center on Jan. 31 it'll be warm and cozy when the Mid-Columbia Symphony presents its Celebrate Romance concert.

The program honors the idea of romance from weddings to Romeo and Juliet, featuring the music of composers Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Maxwell Davies and Eugene Onegin, said conductor Nick Wallin.

That includes the heartrending sounds of the bagpipes.

"We are excited to be joined by pipers from the Desert Thistle Pipe Band for this concert," Wallin said.

"Maxwell Davies' evocative portrait of a wedding celebration pairs nicely with the Romantic-era concert overture The Hebrides, also called Fingal's Cave, by Mendelssohn."

An Orkney Wedding with Sunrise is one of Davies' lighter compositions. It was inspired by the celebration traditions that go on after a wedding in Orkney, an island off the coast of Scotland.

The Hebrides is another lively overture that pays homage to romance. Wrapping up the concert will be Polonaise and Waltz, which are two romantic pieces taken from Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet.

Tickets are $25 to $35, and are available at the Toyota Center box office or the symphony office at 716 Jadwin Ave., Richland. Or call 943-6602.

*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514;