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Students to join Philharmonic for annual concert

The honors band is comprised of 60 high school students from 10 area schools. The young musicians were selected by their band directors for participation.

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In a concert titled "Make Mine Bernstein," the Tuscarawas Philharmonic will celebrate the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein on April 21. The performance will feature the high school honors band as the orchestra pays tribute to the work of the American legend.
 
“Not that we need an excuse to play the music of Leonard Bernstein and to celebrate his multi-faceted genius,” conductor Eric Benjamin said, “but as this is his centenary, we’re going all in.”
 
For the first half of the concert, the honors band will join members of the orchestra to perform music by Bernstein including “Danzon” from "Fancy Free" and “Highlights from West Side Story.” The ensemble, an annual event for the Philharmonic and a key aspect of its education program, is comprised of 60 high school students from 10 area schools. The young musicians were selected by their band directors for participation.
 
The band also will perform “Ballade for Alto Saxophone and Band” by Alfred Reed, featuring Dr. James Perone on saxophone. The Philharmonic’s principal clarinetist, Perone is the associate dean of the faculty and Margaret Morgan Ramsey Professor in Music at the University of Mount Union in Alliance. Perone also is active as an author. His most recent book, "The Words and Music of James Taylor," was published by Praeger Publishers in November 2017.
 
The full orchestra will take the stage for the second half of the tribute concert to perform favorite Bernstein compositions including “Overture” and “Three Dance Episodes” from "On the Town"along with “Overture” from "Candide."
 
"Make Mine Bernstein" will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Kent State Tuscarawas Performing Arts Center. Tickets are available at www.TuscarawasPhilharmonic.org or by calling the Performing Arts Center box office at 330-308-6400. Tickets range from $24-$36 with student and senior discounts available.
 
The concert is made possible thanks to generous contributions from the community. Guarantors include The Walter K. and Wilda E. Bortz Fund, Dover Chemical Corp., and James and Linda Angel Rice. Sponsors include McDonald’s Restaurants of Harrison and Tuscarawas counties, The Charles G. Snyder Co., Real Estate Appraisers and Consultants, Progressive Foam Technologies, ProVia, and WKSU. Co-sponsors include Dover High School Tri-M Chapter; Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths and Dougherty Co. LPA; and The Hampton Inn.
 
The Tuscarawas Philharmonic is a professional orchestra with adult and children’s choruses and with summer music camps for young musicians. To support these ongoing programs, visit the Philharmonic website at www.TuscarawasPhilharmonic.org and become a contributing partner.
 

Published: April 12, 2018
New Article ID: 2018180419991