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The Southern Tier Symphony and its music director, John Whitney, have planned a bright, interesting concert to close its 2004-05 season.

The program is called "European Gems." It begins with Dvorak's Symphony No. 9, "From the New World," a work that vividly brings to life 19th century America. Verdi's Prelude to Act I of "La Traviata" follows. The concert winds up in high style with the ever-popular Grieg Piano Concerto, with pianist Brent Runnels as soloist. Runnels studied with Constance Keene and John Browning at the Manhattan School of Music, and his resume includes performing the complete Beethoven piano/violin sonatas at Lincoln Center.

"European Gems" will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Olean High School, 410 W. Sullivan St., Olean. The show repeats at 3 p.m. Sunday in Genesee Valley High School, 5380 County Road 48, Belmont.

For more information, call 372-1110 or 372-5001.