Sacramento Youth Symphony’s conductor launches “Symphony of 1000” event

Posted on: June 12, 2014

“A few years ago, Michael Neumann fell asleep after studying Symphony No. 8 by Austrian composer Gustav Mahler and dreamed of bringing together 1,000 musicians for a large-scale performance,” writes Quinn Western in Tuesday’s (6/10) Sacramento Bee (California). “Neumann, the artistic director and conductor for the Sacramento Youth Symphony, has since sought to make his dream a reality by creating a … massive concert  … what he hopes will become the largest assembled orchestra in the history of Sacramento. ‘A community event through music’ is the goal, said Neumann, who has been with the Sacramento Youth Symphony for 36 years…. Musicians at Neumann’s ‘Symphony of 1000’ event will perform a collection of works including ‘Ode to Joy,’ ‘The Stars and Stripes Forever’ and ‘Can-Can.’ … Neumann said he envisions the concert beginning with the more experienced players, who will be joined by intermediate ones and then beginners.… The concert is planned for Oct. 12 at Sacramento Memorial Auditorium. The event is open to musicians of all ages and abilities…. After musicians register online (there’s a $20 participation fee), they are expected to practice on their own until the day of the concert. Then the musicians will rehearse together at the auditorium for a few hours before the performance.”

Posted June 12, 2014