The Huntington Symphony Orchestra has put together their own “economic stimulus package” for music lovers.
For their concert on Saturday March 14th, they’re offering free tickets to laid-off workers and their families, as well as “neighbor discounts” for groups of four or more people, and collecting canned goods for the Cridlin Food Pantry.
But once you’re in the door, what about the music? Roll over Beethoven, because this concert will feature new music by American composers.
Composer Scott Michal
Scott Michal, composer, cellist, and professor at the University of Rio Grande will be playing in the orchestra for the premiere of his piece “Encomiums” a concerto for violin and orchestra.
Michal told me about this piece and his approach to the music, starting with: how do you pronounce that title and what does it mean?
Interview with composer Scott Michal
This concert is also West Virginia’s chance to hear a piece that is being played by at least one orchestra in each of the 50 states. Joseph Schwantner’s Chasing Light… is part of the Ford Made in America/Meet the Composer project. You can learn more about the music and the project by visiting their website and checking out NPR's story about it.
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