Musicians who have dreamed about playing Beethoven with a symphony orchestra can make that wish come true during this year’s ArtsEverywhere Performing Arts Series.
Sponsored by the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County, the series takes place at the Chris Wilson Pavilion at Potawatomi Park on six Saturdays between July 20 and Aug. 24.
Laura Moran Walton, the director of public relations and communications for the Community Foundation, says the South Bend Symphony Orchestra’s series concert usually draws between 700 and 800 people.
The audience may be even larger Aug. 24, thanks to the community play-along that the SBSO plans.
Moran Walton says the symphony will invite student and “rusty” musicians to join the orchestra’s professional musicians on the program’s last number, “Ode To Joy,” the fourth movement of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.
The community foundation commissioned Jerry Lackey, a tuba player who performed with the SBSO for more than 40 years, to write an arrangement the beginners will be able to play.
“It will be simple,” Moran Walton says. “We will make it available on our website so that students and rusty musicians can download it and practice.”
The symphony will hold two community rehearsals.
“There will be one long rehearsal with (conductor) Tsung (Yeh) and the different section heads from the symphony, and they will work with anyone who signed up,” Moran Walton says. “Then, there will be a shorter one on the day of the concert.”
For “Ode to Joy,” the beginners will assemble in front of the band shell. Yeh will conduct the performance while standing on a band director’s podium like the ones used by school marching bands, Moran Walton says.
The rest of the series sports a mixture of the familiar and the new.
The series opens July 20 with a play for children — “The Wizard of Oz” — performed by actors from Indiana University South Bend’s Raclin School of the Arts. Moran Walton says the audience enjoyed last year’s performance of the play “Johnny Appleseed.”
“Last year was the first time we did a show for children,” she says. “We thought that it added a nice element to the series.”
Shakespearean theater comes to the performance series on July 27 with a performance of “A Comedy of Errors” by the University of Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival’s Young Company.
Elkhart Civic Theatre returns to the performance series after a short absence. Elkhart Civic and the South Bend Civic Theatre will perform an evening of musical hits in “house party” style on Aug. 3.
Southold Dance Theater presents an evening of dance on Aug. 10. The recital will feature performances by two guest artists and some of Southold’s top students.
Guitarist John Storie, who was one of Chris Wilson’s music students, brings the New West Guitar Group back to the performance series on Aug. 17. They will be joined in concert by jazz fusion guitarist Fareed Haque.
<i>Staff writer Howard Dukes: email@example.com 574-235-6369</i>
ArtsEverywhere, SBSO add community to series
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