Penfield Symphony Orchestra's "A Suite for the Sweet" Concert
The Penfield Symphony Orchestra will present “A Sweet for the Sweet,” the third concert of its 63rd season. The concert will feature Bernstein’s Overture to Candide, William Grant Still’s Poem for Orchestra, Hanson’s Symphony No. 2 in D-flat major, and Grofé’s Grand Canyon Suite. It will be held on February 25, 2019, at 7:30 p.m. at the Penfield High School Auditorium located at 25 High School Drive in Penfield, New York.
The Overture to Candide is a clever, energetic reworking of the stage show’s best tunes, which Bernstein rescored for full orchestra. It has become his most popular orchestral work. Often referred to as the “dean” of African-American composers, William Grant Still wrote Poem for Orchestra during World War II to imagine the world’s rebirth of spirituality after desolate times, journeying from darkness into light.
Howard Hanson was the Eastman School of Music’s director for 40 years, and his beautiful, lyrical Symphony No. 2, "Romantic," traces its roots to the 19th century European traditions of melody and harmony.
Grofé’s picturesque Grand Canyon Suite uses orchestral instruments to evoke the natural sounds he'd heard on a visit to this “world wonder”; the woodwinds imitate birds, and the trumpets sound like crickets.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.penfieldsymphony.org, by phone at 585-872-0774, at all area Wegmans, the Penfield Recreation Department, Canandaigua National Bank (Penfield Branch), and at the door on the night of the concert. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $12 for senior citizens, 60 and over. For students of any age with a student ID, tickets are free.
Directed by Dr. David Harman since 2000, this 90-piece orchestra enriches the community by providing fine music and a setting where both amateur and professional musicians perform a variety of classical music. Founded in 1955, the Penfield Symphony Orchestra (PSO) offers four classical music concerts per season to audiences of all ages. Amateur and professional musicians in the 90-piece orchestra enrich the Rochester community by providing fine classical, modern, and pops music.
A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, the orchestra also sponsors an annual competition where young musicians audition to win recognition and an opportunity to solo with a symphony orchestra. Over its history, the PSO has commissioned many new works and concerts and featured guest artists of local and national renown. The PSO Board of Directors and musicians are dedicated volunteers who are passionate about promoting arts and music and who, quite simply, like to make and perform great music together.
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