Johnstown Symphony to perform second concert at a manufacturing mill

Posted on: October 16, 2018

“The Johnstown Symphony Orchestra performed last fall at the former Bethlehem Steel machine shop on Iron Street,” writes Kelly Urban in Saturday’s (10/13) Tribune-Democrat (Johnstown, PA). “ ‘When I first brought this idea to the symphony, it seemed like a wild and possibly risky idea,’ Music Director James Blachly said. ‘It turned into the most successful … concert that we’ve given in the three years I’ve been with the symphony. We are so thrilled to be offering another concert, this time in a fully functioning mill.” The orchestra will perform in Johnstown’s GapVax plant on October 19. “ ‘After the public announcement of the lease agreement for the Cambria Ironworks Machine Shop [converting the space into a medical marijuana production center], we had to scramble to find another fitting location to hold the Mill Concert,’ said Patricia Hofscher, acting executive director of the JSO…. Following the concert [at the GapVax plant], patrons may take a short tour through more of the company’s buildings…. The concert is a prequel to the [orchestra’s] Oct. 20 performance at the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center.” The program will feature Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings and Violin Concerto, Brahms’s Academic Festival Overture, and Jessie Montgomery’s Starburst.

Posted October 16, 2018