Five Symphoria concerts in two venues offer star-studded programming, with Masterworks concerts as bookends in the March lineup. Soloists are flutist Xue Su, March 9; musical theater icon Bernadette Peters, March 24, and violinist Rachel Barton Pine March 30. Maestro Lawrence Loh will conduct all three of those performances in the Crouse-Hinds Concert Theater. Symphoria’s principal flutist is featured on contemporary composer Lowell Liebermann’s Concerto for Flute and Orchestra. The piece was commissioned by Sir James Galloway, who performed it first in 1992. Su, who won Symphroia’s national audition in 2016 as she was completing her master’s degree in orchestra performance at Manhattan School of Music, says the concerto demonstrates “what a flute can do.”“It’s a dynamic piece that puts the full range of the instrument on display,” Su explains. “It calls for unexpected accents, which are very pronounced on a wind instrument … [Read more...] about Symphoria begins and ends March with Masterworks concerts
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Katie Fretland Memphis Commercial Appeal Published 8:10 AM EDT Sep 7, 2018 Channing Perrett twirled a blazing baton as dozens of young musicians formed the shape of a tunnel on the football field and a deep voice revved up the crowd. "A dragon is fierce and unrelenting," announcer Charlie Keffeler told fans on a recent warm Friday night in Collierville. "A dragon is made of steel, claws and razor fangs. A dragon is made of a huge heart." The Collierville Dragons varsity team charged onto the field to drumbeats and cheers, while the marching band launched into the school's fight song, the color guard's maroon flags waving under a sky of wispy white clouds. The marching band and performers are known as the Pride of Collierville Dragon Band, and they aim to represent not only Collierville High School, but the whole town. The school has invested in new leadership for the band, hiring director James Barnes from South Carolina and several … [Read more...] about Collierville marching band steps up
People react on the Champs Elysees avenue with the Arc de Triomphe on background, after France defeated Croatia in the final match at the 2018 soccer World Cup, in Paris, France, Sunday, July 15, 2018. France won the final 4-2. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus) PARIS – France fans did justice to the national team’s 4-2 victory over Croatia in the World Cup final on Sunday, pouring into Paris’ Champs-Elysees Avenue by the tens of thousands to celebrate with cheers, stomping and song in an explosion of joy. The win marked the second time in 20 years that France has won the World Cup, and came at a time when the people feel needy. “It represents enormous things,” said Goffrey Hamsik, dressed in a hat resembling a cockerel – the French national symbol – and a shirt with the No. 10 for Kylian Mpappe, the 19-year-old breakout star who hails from the Paris suburb of Bondy. “We’ve had lots of problems in France these past years,” he said, … [Read more...] about With flags, song, pride, French celebrate World Cup victory
Elaine Ganley, Associated Press Updated 4:35 pm CDT, Sunday, July 15, 2018 Now Playing: France fans did justice to their team's 4-2 victory over Croatia in the World Cup final on Sunday, pouring into Paris' Champs-Elysees Avenue by the tens of thousands to celebrate with cheers, stomping and song. (July 15) Media: Associated Press PARIS (AP) — It was a victory for all of France and the home crowd did it justice, pouring into Paris' Champs-Elysees Avenue by the tens of thousands to celebrate in an explosion of joy. France's 4-2 win over Croatia in the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday marked the second time in 20 years that France has won the World Cup, and came at a time when the people feel needy. "It represents enormous things," said Goffrey Hamsik, dressed in a hat resembling a rooster — the French national symbol — and a shirt with the No. 10 for Kylian Mpappe, the 19-year-old breakout star who hails from the Paris suburb of Bondy. … [Read more...] about With flags, song, pride, French celebrate unifying victory
The walls of Amy Powers’ small basement office at Henry Sibley High School in Mendota Heights are crowded with pictures, motivational sayings and thank-you cards from former band students. Amid the clutter one recent morning, Powers focused on a framed picture. It’s of the 2014 marching band, a small, dedicated group of students who unknowingly were part of a resurgence. “This shows how far we’ve come,” said Powers, who counted out loud the group’s 36 members — about a third the size of most thriving high school marching bands. Indeed, the Sibley marching band, which had dwindled to 32 players before Powers’ first year as director in 2013, has seen steady growth under her leadership. This year, the band boasts 78 members. But the numbers growth is only part of the story. The musicians have been excelling in competitions, beating marching bands twice their size or larger. “Our nickname in the circuit is ‘The Little Band That … [Read more...] about Henry Sibley marching band, the ‘little band that could,’ is on its way to D.C.