Wilmington Symphony Orchestra
Steven Errante, conductor
For the Joy of It!
Classics and Pops - American Music South To North
Steven Errante, conductor
Pat Hingle, guest narrator
Saturday, April 30, 2005 at 8:00 p.m.
at Kenan Auditorium on the UNCW campus
Sponsored by Wilmington Gastroenterology Associates, P.A.
Season Finale Showcases Festive Music from the AmericasOn Saturday, April 30, 2005 at 8:00 p.m. in Kenan Auditorium on the UNCW campus, the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra concludes its 33rd season with Classics and Pops - American Music South To North.
The evening showcases festive music of the Americas, from Buenos Aires, Argentina to Springfield, Illinois. Music performed includes Argentinean Alberto Ginastera’s Dances from “Estancia.” Although Latin American classical composers have often had difficulty winning international fame, Alberto Ginastera beat the odds by becoming one of the most widely performed 20th century composers.
Morton Gould’s American Salute is the work for which Gould became best known and is a patriotic miniature, based on the Civil War song "When Johnny Comes Marching Home." The piece is a celebration of the return of victorious American soldiers from Europe and Asia following the second World War.
A highlight of the evening will be a performance of Aaron Copland’s A Lincoln Portrait, narrated by Pat Hingle. Special guest narrator Pat Hingle's acting career has spanned six decades in radio, television, film and on the stage. His film debut was in the role of the bartender in 1953's On the Waterfront that also featured a musical score by Leonard Bernstein. Since then he has appeared in hundreds of roles.
Aaron Copland composed A Lincoln Portrait on commission shortly after the United States had entered World War II. Its purpose was to provide national pride to Americans during a time of national distress. Copland never expected this composition to be as frequently performed as it was, nor to be translated into so many languages including Arabic and Bengali.
Other pieces performed are Astor Piazzola’s Tangazo, John Phillip Sousa’s Washington Post March and Aaron Copland’s Danzon Cubano.
Make plans now with friends to join the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra for its 2004-2005 concert season finale. Tickets are $18, $16 for seniors, and just $4 for youth under 17, with special group rates available. Reserved seating can be purchased through the Kenan Auditorium Ticket Office weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. by calling 962-3500 or 1-800-732-3643.
Know the Score! Audience members are also invited to attend the informal pre-concert comments with conductor Dr. Steven Errante at 7:00 p.m. and learn more about the evening’s music, or to check out program notes for the concert on the WSO website at www.wilmingtonsymphony.org.
A pre-concert dinner will also be offered on Saturday, April 30th at 6:00 p.m., providing concert-goers the opportunity to enjoy a buffet dinner in University Union Room 100 on the UNCW campus just prior to the performance. The price for dinner is just $20 per person, inclusive. Advance reservations are required and must be pre-paid with check or credit card by calling the WSO Office at 791-9262. Reservation deadline for the February 5th dinner is Wednesday, April 27th at 4:30 p.m.