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The Pacific Chamber Orchestra will be performing “The Passionate – Piazzolla’s Four Seasons” on March 21 and 22.

The Pacific Chamber Orchestra will venture into the tango, as interpreted by Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla, with two performances of his “Nuevo tango.”

Performances of “The Passionate – Piazzolla’s Four Seasons” are scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 21, at Campolindo High School’s Performance Arts Center in Moraga, and at 3 p.m., Sunday, March 22, at the Bankhead Theatre in Livermore.

Piazzolla was a composer, bandoneon player, and arranger. His works revolutionized traditional tango, incorporating elements of jazz and classical music. A virtuoso on the bandoneon, an essential instrument in most tangos, he regularly performed his own compositions with a variety of ensembles.

Inspired by Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons,” Piazzolla wrote his “Four Seasons of Buenos Aires” to honor his beloved city. Although the work took 10 years to complete, “Summer,” the first movement he composed, was written in a single night as music for a film.

Conductor Lawrence Kohl said four of the orchestra’s virtuoso violinists each takes on a “season” as soloist for the performance. The four then join in Vivaldi’s “Concerto for Four Violins” and Shostakovich’s “Two pieces for String Octet.”

Tickets for “The Passionate – Piazzolla’s Four Seasons” are available at Tickets for the Livermore performance are also available at the Bankhead Theater box office, 2400 First St., or by calling (925) 373-6800.