Tickets are on sale for the next two concerts in Astoria Performing Arts' Second Weekend concert series.

Many are familiar with Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" from recordings, but hearing the music performed live is a completely different experience, said Lawrence Taylor, APA president. Bulgarian violinist Jassen Todorov performs with the San Francisco State University Symphony at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 12 at the Seaport Masonic Lodge, 16th Street and Franklin Avenue. Tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for those 18 and younger.

On Sunday, March 13, international organist B. Thomas Curry joins Astoria's string ensemble, Con Amici, and other instrumentalists from the region in a performance of Handel's Organ Concertos, Opus 4, Nos. 1 and 2. Handel invented the organ concerto for an instrument at which he excelled. Curry will also perform solo organ works by J.S. Bach and others. This performance is at 3 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 1103 Grand Ave. Tickets are $12.50 for adults and $7 for those younger than 18.

A weekend pass to both concerts is $20. Children younger than 18 who bring two parents are admitted free. The balcony of the Masonic Lodge can be purchased, and seats 16 comfortably in the spot to where all the music floats.

"Many thanks to those who attended the Bach Brandenburg Concertos concert, and an incredible evening it was," said Taylor. "The acoustics of the Masonic Temple were wonderful and perfect for chamber works. The event sold out."

April and May concerts have been scheduled, with details to be announced shortly.

Astoria Performing Arts has redesigned its Web site (www.astoriaperformingarts.com) to feature graphics from the brochure for the concert series. Graphic design is by regional artist Julianna Weir.

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