Dear Friends of the Middletown Symphony Orchestra
Here's our Brand-New 2015-2016 Season: "Music Made In America!"
Sometimes the things closest to home are neglected, but not this season at your Middletown Symphony! We're going to proudly feature the Music of America!
We'll kick it off with my friend and colleague, the amazing Bill Cunliffe, Grammy Award-winning Composer, Arranger and Pianist. This gifted American musician
toured with the Buddy Rich Band as pianist and arranger and has worked with many major recording artists including Frank Sinatra. Our Conductor Auction Pops Concert
will feature Bill performing the classic American music of Duke Ellington and "Gershwin - by George!" Don't miss it!
Our January All-Orchestral, All-American program is a delicious mix of beautiful music. OK, I admit I cheated a little, because Antonin Dvorak is Czechoslovakian
and not American. BUT, his "New World" Symphony was written in America and definitely inspired by all things American. By the way, Neil Armstrong
took a recording of this piece with him to the moon! This popular work is paired with the lush gorgeous "Romantic" Symphony by Howard Hanson, great American composer,
educator and conductor who was a leading champion of American music during the 20th century.
In March we go "Out West!" for music inspired by the American frontier. You will not want to miss the amazing voice and magnetic personality of our guest
baritone vocal soloist, Michael Preacely. He will sing Aaron Copland's "Old American Songs," and electrify us with his talent. You will also hear the
popular music from Copland's ballet "Rodeo" on this program - plus Ferde Grofe's well-known and loved "Grand Canyon Suite."
Finally, from "Out West!" we travel "Back East!" for our May Concert. We begin with music from William Schuman's New England Triptych," and then
Richard Rodgers' Jazzy "Slaughter on 10th Avenue." After these colorful bits of Americana, we turn again to the genius of Gershwin as we feature keyboard virtuoso,
Michael Chertock, playing the glorious "Rhapsody in Blue." Michael has played this piece all over the world, and now we'll enjoy his amazing interpretation of this
ever-popular work right here on our own Middletown stage. We close the season with five of Gershwin's most popular tunes dressed up in a spectacular arrangement
by composer, arranger and string bass soloist, Frank Proto. He calls it "A Portrait of George," and Frank will be joining us on stage for our final
So sign up right away, mark the dates, and Purchase Your Tickets Now! We hope to see you at ALL of the exciting programs of your Middletown Symphony
Orchestra for 2015-2016.
Thank you very much,