Sixteen not out for local orchestra

September 27, 2013 by  

The Stow Symphony Orchestra (SSO) is set to open its 16th season next month.

The group, which performs under the baton of the happily-named Darrell Lee Music, offers a program of classics that includes two suitable for Halloween: ‘The Noon Witch’ by Antonin Dvorak and the familiar and popular ‘Danse Macabre’, by Camille Saint-Saëns. The violin solo is an integral part of the Saint-Saëns, and SSO’s Concert Master Frances Hamilton will be the featured performer.

In addition to the “spooky” pieces, the SSO will also perform Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony, ‘The Pastoral’. Like the other works, this is familiar to most listeners and was featured in one segment of the classic Disney film ‘Fantasia’. Beethoven was known to be fond of nature and his enjoyment is reflected in this work, where listeners can hear motifs that evoke the sounds of birds, streams, a violent thunderstorm, and country dances.

The concert is slated to take place at 7.30 pm on October 5, a week tomorrow, at the Tallmadge Alliance Church in Tallmadge, Ohio, about four miles from Stow, at 1155 East Avenue. Seating is limited, so the orchestra suggests people buy advance tickets, which can be obtained via phone or online, at the SSO’s website. There will be a limited number available at the door, at $10 for adults, $7 for students and seniors. There is no charge for children under 12.

The orchestra could work with brochure printers to create a program that lists the works, in addition to explaining the orchestra’s mission and philosophy. It could also ask for support for the organization.