Symphony orchestra presents Latin-inspired concert at Van Meter Hall

Katie Daniels

Latin Inspired is a one-night only concert taking place Friday night at Van Meter Hall, conducted by Brian St. John.

The performance will feature “Concerto in D” by Antonio Vivaldi. Originally composed for solo lute, it will be performed on guitar by John Martin, the director of guitar and musical studies at WKU. “My favorite part of doing this is the quality of musicians I get to work with, and the powerful sound created by that many instruments. The string section sounds fantastic, and, for a soloist, there’s just nothing else like it,” Martin said.

Also featured is the “Carmen Fantasy”, composed by François Borne, using themes from the famous opera Carmen by Bizet. It features flutist Heidi Alvarez, who teaches flute, flute choir and music theory at WKU.

“The ‘Carmen Fantasy’ features the soloist’s virtuosity. It was one of the many pieces written that displays the 19th century technological advances of the flute,” Alvarez said. She dedicates her performance to her parents, husband, kids and to her former teachers.

The evening will begin with the rousing “Capriccio Espagnol” by composer Rimsky-Korsakov. The concert will also include what is described as a rare choreographed version of DeFalla’s masterpiece “Suite Two from The Three-Cornered Hat”, featuring dancers from the WKU Department of Theatre and Dance.

General admission tickets are $10. Students and faculty tickets are $5. The concert will take place at 7:30 p.m., Friday Sept. 22 in the Van Meter Auditorium. For more information visit the box office at