Owensboro Symphony takes on rock legends | Characteristics

The Owensboro Symphony will perform its third concert of the season, “Stairway to Schumann” at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Cannon Hall at the RiverPark Center.

The show, sponsored by Sazerac Glenmore Distillery and Independence Bank, will feature English rock band Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven”, the classic 1971 rock anthem and one of Rolling’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Stone, followed by Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor” and concluding with Robert Schumann’s “Symphony No. 4 in D minor”.

“We feel good, positive and hopeful,” said music director Troy Quinn. “We had a really big hit at our last gig at the Oscars…. We are on a good way and we are delighted with this concert.

Quinn and Gwyn Morris Payne, Chairman and CEO, believe that the diversity of offerings for the show of tomorrow lives up to what the symphony is all about and the positive reception that programming like this has received in the pass.

“It’s always for me…a matter of taking great pieces of music, no matter what genres they are, and fusing them into a program that works,” Quinn said. “I always seek to… push boundaries and cross genres…. I thought these three pieces would somehow go together in a way that would showcase our talents not only in the classical world but also in the rock world.

“It is the Owensboro Symphony’s mission to create meaningful, imaginative performances and educational programs that enrich lives and create memorable experiences,” Morris said. “I can’t think of a better way to create such an experience than to bring these two genres together. We have had great success in recent seasons with this blend and customers are showing us that they agree.

Quinn believes the music can also be linked to potential patrons, pointing to Schumann’s “Symphony No. 4 in D Minor” as one such piece.

“Schumann brings the human element and the human emotion to it in 28 minutes — packs it in there in a relatively short time,” Quinn said. “The Symphony grabs you with the first chord (and) grabs your attention, and it cuts through every human emotion of sadness, despair, happiness, triumph at the end. It really takes you on a kind of whirlwind and roller coaster ride, and I think people relate to it while grabbing your attention and not being an hour long symphony.

The concert will feature Symphony Orchestra Principal Cellist Graham Cullen as the soloist of “Cello Concerto No. 1 in A Minor.”

“There’s a lot of talent coming together on stage for an Owensboro Symphony concert and it’s great to be able to spotlight Graham on this piece,” Morris said.

Quinn will also host “Behind the Music with Troy Quinn,” a free special pre-concert talk on the show from 6:15-6:40 p.m. in Cannon Hall to provide insight into the music and more.

“…It’s more actually to take the time to get to know me and the soloist and ask questions about this concert or anything else that might be on the minds of our listeners and our audience,” said Quinn said. “It’s a good time to get closer and be personal; not only to learn a bit of music history, but if you’re more intrigued by what we’re doing, I’d encourage everyone to come over and have a little informal chat.

Quinn and Morris see that the community has embraced the return to attending live shows since the coronavirus pandemic and are eagerly awaiting what’s in store.

“…I would say the people who are there, and certainly from an organizational and musician perspective – we’re emboldened and happy to continue making music,” Quinn said. “He was very well received. I don’t think that’s holding us back…. We are almost back to where we were before. I think we are over the hump.

“There was a wonderful community response to returning to the concert hall,” Morris said. “We didn’t really feel any reluctance from customers, rather we felt an embrace to transition into this new normal. As always, the Symphony Orchestra’s top priority is the health and safety of staff, musicians and patrons. »

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