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For the final concert of its fifth season, Ditmars Park-based One World Symphony celebrates the memory of a passionate musical artist with the first James Coleman Young People’s Concert on June 2 at St. Ann and the Holy Trinity church in Brooklyn Heights.

Coleman, the 33-year-old principal violist of the orchestra, died last year of cancer; in his honor, the ensemble’s artistic director and conductor Sung Jin Hong put together a program that memorializes Coleman with uplifting music old and new.

Opening the concert is music by Irish rockers U2 in world-premiere orchestral arrangements by One World Symphony resident composer Jihwan Kim. Three of the group’s most spiritual songs are included: "One," "Pride" and "Where the Streets Have No Name."

Following a performance of Gustav Holst’s sturdy classical warhorse, "The Planets," the concert ends with another world premiere, Stanley Grill’s "Pluto," which could be heard as a continuation of Holst’s popular work. ("The Planets" only has seven movements - "Earth" is omitted - because Pluto had not yet been discovered when it premiered in 1918.)

Hong told GO Brooklyn that 20 kindergarten and first-grade violin students from The Promise Academy in Harlem (pictured) will play "the relentless ostinato rhythm from Mars."

"It will truly be a Young People’s Concert!" said Hong.

One World Symphony performs U2, Holst and Grill on June 2 at 8 pm at St. Ann and the Holy Trinity, 157 Montague St. at Clinton Street in Brooklyn Heights. Tickets are $30, $20 for seniors and $15 for students with ID. An open rehearsal will be held May 31 at St. Ann and the Holy Trinity for $5. For more information, call (718) 462-7270 or visit www.oneworldsymphony.org.

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