Kearney Symphony Orchestra concert celebrates American music
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KEARNEY – The Kearney Symphony Orchestra will present a live performance, “From Sea to Shining Sea: Celebrating American Music in the Heartland,” at 7:30 pm Tuesday.
The free concert includes the orchestra’s brass and percussion, woodwind and string ensembles and a special performance by the University of Nebraska at Kearney, sophomore Jacob Cahill. It will be broadcast live on unk.edu/music. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be no in-person hearing.
The concert includes works by American composers George Gershwin, Norman Dello Joio and John Steinmetz, as well as a saxophone concerto by Pierre-Max Dubois which will be performed by Cahill, winner of the UNK Concerto-Aria Competition.
Originally from North Platte, Cahill studied musical performance with a minor in philosophy. He is a member of the UNK Wind Ensemble, the Jazz / Rock Ensemble and the Kearney Symphony Orchestra.
Tuesday’s program opens with “Lullaby”, a blues selection for strings by Gershwin, and the second half of the concert features Gershwin’s iconic work “An American in Paris”, arranged for brass and percussion. A piece by Dello Joio for orchestral strings and a work by Steinmetz, in three movements for winds, will complete the show.
“This program emphasizes the unity we achieve as musicians and an audience celebrating music composed from coast to coast and performed here and abroad,” said the conductor and Director of the Kearney Symphony Orchestra, Alison Gaines, Assistant Music Professor and Orchestra President Ronald J. Crocker. at UNK.
“The diversity of styles and orchestrations is a testament to the rich heritage of American composers performed by the Kearney Symphony Orchestra,” added Gaines. “This program is sure to appeal to a large audience. “
The Kearney Symphony Orchestra is made up of teachers, students and UNK instrumentalists from communities across the region.