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The Willamette Valley Symphony, led by its new artistic director, Hector Aguero, will perform a program of symphonic dances at a special summertime concert scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3.

The concert will be held at Ashbrook Independent School, 4045 Research Way in Corvallis. 

The program includes a number of dances from a variety of composers, including a suite from Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake," the "Can-Can" from Offenbach's "Orpheus in the Underworld," two of Dvorak's "Slavonic Dances" and Saint-Saens' "Tortoises" from "Carnival of the Animals." 

Gershwin's 'Lullaby for Strings," Coleridge-Taylor's "Danse Negre" and "Conga del Fuego Neuvo," by Atturo Marquez, round out the program. 

Aguero, the symphony's new artistic director, is also an assistant professor of music at Willamette University in Salem, where he conducts the University Chamber Orchestra and Wind Ensemble. 

He replaces Sean Paul Mills, who founded the orchestra but left the mid-valley last year for a job at Ball State University.

Tickets for the concert are $18 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. Youths up to age 12 are admitted for free. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at williamettevalleysymphony.org

The symphony plans to perform the same concert Sunday in Salem. That concert is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. at Chemeketa Community College, Building 6. 

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