Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Bryan Symphony Season Finale Scheduled

The season finale of the Bryan Symphony Orchestra at Tennessee Tech University is dominated by a single composer, 20th century American master Leonard Bernstein. Organizers say the rare focus on one composer is a tribute to Bernstein, who has a wide-ranging body of work.

"The appeal of Bernstein is that his work encompasses so many styles," says BSO Music Director Dan Allcott. "He comes across as many different composers – as is the case with our April concert of some of his Broadway, operatic and choral masterpieces."

The concert begins at 3 p.m., Sunday, April 17, in TTU's Wattenbarger Auditorium. Tickets are $30 for adults, $26 for seniors 65 and up, and $8 for students. You can call 931-525-2633 for reservations. The performance is funded in part under an agreement with the Tennessee Arts Commission. The BSO's April 17 program begins with the overture to the Bernstein operetta "Candide" and dance episodes from his Broadway musical "On the Town." The performance also includes two choral works, the reverent "Chichester Psalms" and another "Candide" selection, "Make Our Garden Grow," both of which feature the Cookeville Mastersingers and Tech Chorale, directed by TTU faculty member Craig Zamer.