“Springfield Symphony Orchestra concerts often celebrate important composers and musicians,” writes Brett Turner in Tuesday’s (10/25) Springfield News-Sun (Springfield, Ohio). On November 5, “It will celebrate other heroes. ‘To Serve and Protect’ salutes first responders and veterans who put themselves on the line for others. The Symphony will provide the music in collaboration with [Springfield-based company] The Now Device, which will supply visuals…. Discounted 50 percent admission price is available for this show for all first responders and military.” Piccolo player Joan Herndon, who is also an EMT, “has been of enormous help in developing this program, [Music Director Peter Stafford] Wilson said. ‘She and the artists from The Now Device have come up with some amazing images [providing a] tangible depiction of what they do,’ Wilson said…. Symphony Executive Director Lou Ross said, … ‘It’s exciting waiting to see the final results of this collaboration…. Past concerts presented by this team were overwhelmingly praised and enjoyed by the audiences.’ ” The program includes “Jupiter” from Holst’s The Planets, Brahms’s Tragic Overture, John Williams’s Olympic Spirit and Hymn to the Fallen, the Adagio from Cindy McTee’s Symphony No. 1, and the final movement of Haydn’s Symphony No. 100.
Posted October 26, 2016