Johnstown Symphony’s 2021-22 season: at the airport, 9/11 memorial, and concert halls

Posted on: June 18, 2021

“The Johnstown Symphony Orchestra is bringing the love for its 2021-22 season,” writes Kelly Urban in Wednesday’s (6/16) Tribune-Democrat (Johnstown, PA). “On Tuesday, the symphony announced its 93rd season, ‘All About Love,’ and outlined a community-focused program that features uplifting musical themes…. In recognition of the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the JSO will present free concerts on Sept. 10 and 11 at Flight 93 National Memorial in Somerset County [featuring] music of Gustav Mahler, Samuel Barber and George Walker [plus] Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9.” In October, the orchestra will perform Copland’s Appalachian Spring, “along with a series of six musical portraits composed by music director James Blachly” at the Grand Hall on Broad Street in Johnstown; the orchestra will return to the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center in November with William Grant Still’s Fanfare for American War Heroes, Gene Scheer’s American Anthem, John Williams’ Hymn to the Fallen, Richard Rodgers’ Victory at Sea, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. “The season will conclude … June 26 … at the John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport.… The concert will present music from Top Gun, Jefferson Airplane, Led Zeppelin, the Eagles, Billy Joel and E.T., along with Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5.”