Greenville Symphony Orchestra opens its 85th concert season at 7:30 p.m. Saturday with a high-octane, dynamic and spectacular program. Concert-goers should note the new start time for evening concerts.
As a salute to Greenville’s 175th anniversary, the orchestra will play the “Greenville Anniversary Song” composed in 1838 by Warren M. Mitchell.
Also featured will be Christopher Krummel on trumpet in “Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F Major” by Johann Sebastian Bach and “Prayer of St. Gregory” for trumpet, strings and organ by Alan Hovhaness.
Krummel holds a bachelor of music, cum laude, from Miami University and a masters of music and doctor of musical arts from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. As soloist, he has been a finalist and award winner in solo competitions on the national and international level including the Ellsworth Smith International Solo Competitions in Germany and in Tallahassee, Fla.
Krummel has appeared as a soloist numerous times in a variety of performances with big bands, shows and musicals, having worked with entertainers such as Maureen McGovern, Jose Feliciano, Crystal Gayle, Olivia Newton John, Al Jarreau, Michael Bolton, Carol Channing, Joel Gray, Shari Lewis and Lambchop, Julius La Rosa and Frankie Valli; and with groups such as the Temptations, Glass Harp, Three Dog Night, the Glenn Miller Orchestra, and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.
He performs as principal trumpet with the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra and the Warren Philharmonic Orchestra.
The Greenville orchestra will perform “Suite” from “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” by Shore/Wagner, “Capriccio Espagnol, Op. 34” by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov, and “Gallop” from “The Comedian’s Suite for Orchestra, Op. 26,” by Dmitri Kabalevsky.
Rising Stars winner Cortney MacKay will sing two numbers with the orchestra as part of her prize package from the spring competition. She has chosen “My Heart Will Go On,” love theme from “Titantic,” and “Tomorrow” from the Broadway musical, “Annie.”
A 12-year-old singer from Ohio, she has been singing and performing since she was five years old but had her musical debut last fall on the stage playing “Annie” at Powers Auditorium with Easy Street Productions. She has performed in numerous competitions and, in addition to her Rising Stars title, in July she won Trumbull County Idol. She also performs regularly with the New Castle Mini Stars and performs at numerous events singing The National Anthem among other patriotic songs.
Title sponsors for the 85th season are Allstate, St. Paul’s, Thiel College and UPMC. In appreciation for their generosity to the symphony, title sponsors have the opportunity to select a member of their organization to serve as guest conductor for one concert. Guest conductor at the opening concert will be Dr. Hendley D. Hoge, member of the UPMC Horizon board of directors.
Hoge is also founder and director of the renowned Mercer Community Band. For the last 37 years, the Mercer Community Band has presented free summer concerts on the Mercer County Courthouse Square to thousands of people. Hoge retired in 2011 from the Mercer Area School District after 35 years as a teacher and administrator. Most recently he served as interim superintendent in the Greenville, Lakeview and Sharpsville area school districts.
The orchestra is conducted by Music Director Michael Gelfand, who is now in his 11th year with the GSO.
Tickets for Saturday’s concert are available at the door. Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for senior citizens, and free for children and students. Season tickets are still available. All tickets can be ordered online at www.thegreenvillesymphony.org