The top five reasons to see opening night of the Florence Symphony concert season, according to Roger Malfatti, general manager, are: 1. Live music in a beautiful hall 2. Extremely talented musicians - Florence's own and special guest cellist Wesley Baldwin 3. Reasonable price to hear excellence 4. Uniqueness - Once the night is over this particular show is gone for good. 5. It's the opening night of a brand new concert season! The concert is Monday, Oct. 7, in the FMU Performing Arts Center beginning at 7:30 p.m. The program will feature: • Overture to Rienzi Richard Wagner • Variations on a Rococo Theme, op. 33, P.I. Tchaikovsky • Wesley Baldwin, cello • Mathis der Maler: Symphony Paul Hindemith Cellist Wesley Baldwin performs throughout the United States and Europe as soloist and chamber musician. As a soloist he has appeared with the Laredo Philharmonic, the Oregon Mozart Players, the Symphony of the Mountains, the Bryan Symphony, the Oak Ridge Symphony, New River Valley, Salisbury, and Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestras and the Wintergreen and Hot Springs Festival Orchestras, among others. Concerts this year include performances of the David Ott Double Cello Concerto in Tennessee and Missouri, solo cello concerti in South Dakota, and Minnesota, as well as solo recitals throughout the United States. In the summer of 2012 Wesley performed the complete Bach Cello Suites at the Wintergreen Festival, a cycle he repeated several times in the 2012-13 season. In the 2013-14 season Baldwin will perform concertos with the Oak Ridge, Manchester the Chattanooga Symphonies The Florence Symphony is led by Music Director Dr. Terry Roberts, celebrating his 10th year on the symphony’s podium. Prime seating is going quickly, so order your tickets. Tickets start at $29 for adults with senior and student discounts available. Call the FMU Performing Arts Box Office at 843-661-4444.