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    MOSCOW, February 12 (RIA Novosti correspondent Yulia Panyushkina) - On Saturday, February 14, the Moscow Conservatory Symphony Orchestra will perform at the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory. Maestro Jose Maria Florencio from Brazil will conduct the orchestra instead of Anatoly Levin. The orchestra will play pieces by Moniuszko, Liszt, Peixe and Villa-Lobos.

    Mr. Florencio is a violinist, composer and conductor. He received his primary musical education in Fortaleza, his home town, and then he continued his education at Minas Gerais University in Brazil. He learned how to conduct at leading music schools in New York, Vienna and Warsaw. At the same time, he played violin with symphony orchestras in Brazil and El Salvador.

    Mr. Florencio was invited to conduct at the Art Olympiad in Barcelona at the opening of the Olympic Games. Presently, the maestro is cooperating with many symphony and chamber orchestras.

    The opening of the Moscow Conservatory's music school in Fortaleza is expected to strengthen Russian-Brazilian contacts in the world of music. The construction of the school has been scheduled for mid-2004. Teachers from the Moscow Conservatory will teach 400-450 students.

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