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Flying W teams up with Philharmonic at PPC

It's time for country fans to shine up their spurs, put on their coattails and enjoy some genuine world-class orchestral fiddling at the always-anticipated "Cowboy Classic" at the Pikes Peak Center.

Under the baton of associate conductor Thomas Wilson, the Flying W Wranglers will take the stage to perform with the orchestral accompaniment of the newly formed Colorado Springs Philharmonic.

The Wranglers -- composed of three guitarists, a drummer, a string bassist and a fiddle player -- will perform cowboy standards like "Shenandoah," "Back in the Saddle," and "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" along with other favorites.

Maestro Wilson has worked with the Wranglers before and says he is delighted to be working with them again. "They are consummate musicians, but very humble. They are serious about what they do, and they're very good at it."

The orchestra will also perform John Williams' "Cowboy's Overture," a piece by the venerable composer of countless film scores, as well as Aaron Copland's "Hoe-Down" from the classic ballet Rodeo.

Proceeds will benefit the Philharmonic players, to which the Wranglers are donating their time for this event. The concert will also be recorded for a CD, and proceeds of the CD sales will go to the players as well.

This weekend's performance will be the first pops concert of the newly formed Philharmonic. If you'd like to learn more about the new orchestral organization, visit the Pikes Peak Musician Association at http://www.afm154.org.

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