Last-minute adjustments to Toledo Symphony’s Memorial Day program, due to COVID-19

Posted on: June 3, 2022

“The audience at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall was treated to an incomparable performance by The Toledo Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, May 28,” writes Tammy Watts in Tuesday’s (5/31) Daily Advocate (OH). “Several major last-minute changes were made to the playbill, due to the conductor, Alain Trudel, testing positive for COVID-19. Guest conductor Rodney Miller, considered to be one of the world’s foremost historians on John Philip Sousa, was absent from the program, for the same reason. Fortunately, conductor Steven Jarvi came to the rescue, with a high-energy and expressive style…. The orchestra performed rousing Sousa pieces, such as ‘The Liberty Bell March,’ … and ‘The Stars and Stripes Forever.’ … During the ‘Armed Forces Salute,’ veterans in the audience, and those currently serving, were invited to stand when their respective military branch’s anthem was played. In addition to the patriotic numbers, the orchestra played Franz von Suppé’s ‘Poet and Peasant Overture,’ the prelude to Engelbert Humperdinck’s ‘Hansel and Gretel,’ and selections from Bizet’s ‘Carmen.’ … Darke County Center for the Arts (DCCA) … and the Toledo Symphony Orchestra embody the true spirit of ‘the show must go on’—and go on it did, in spectacular fashion.”