Orchestra will honor Veterans Day with November 9, 2013 with concert at EJ Thomas Hall
The Akron Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will be performing its first Pops Series concert of the season with “Salute to Those Who Serve. The concert will take place at the EJ Thomas Hall located at the University of Akron on Saturday, November 9, 2013.
Christopher Wilkins will be the conductor with Maria Sensi Sellner heading the Akron Symphony Choir. Featured in the concert will be Alvy Powell who is a soloist with the U.S. Army Chorus and who also starred in the lead role in the Akron Symphony’s production of Porgy and Bess. Leon Bibb (NewsChannel 5 news anchor) will be returning to provide the narration for the evening’s performance.
“The music and text for the evening are drawn from every era of America’s history and from every major American conflict,” said Akron Symphony Music Director and Conductor, Christopher Wilkins. “Highlights include The Battle Hymn of the Republic, Richard Rodger’s classic songs You’ll Never Walk Alone and Some Enchanted Evening, and the Hymn to the Fallen by John Williams from the film Saving Private Ryan. Concertmaster Alan Bodman performs Ashokan Farewell, featured in Ken Burns’ The Civil War, and the Akron Symphony Chorus sings Lee Hoiby’s setting of Pfc. Jesse Givens’ letter to his wife, read after her husband was killed in action during the first Iraq war.”
As a soloist, SFC Powell has been a favorite with performances at the White House and was noted for his performance of the National Anthem during the inauguration of President George H. Bush. He has been asked to sing for each president and first lady since that includes occasions both official and personal. Along with performing the role of Porgy in “Porgy and Bess” with the Akron Symphony in 2011 (a role he has sung over 3,000 times) he has performed with orchestras and opera companies throughout the world from Carnegie Hall to La Scala in Milan.
Leon Bib is the noon anchor for the newscast at WEWS-TV as well as hosting a Sunday morning show “Kalediscope” which deals with Cleveland urban issues. He is the recipient of several local Emmy awards, citations from the Cleveland Press Club (for excellence in Journalism) has received the Distinguished Jouralist Award from the Society for Professional Journalists and has been inducted into the Broadcasters Hall of Fame. Mr. Bibb is a U.S. Army veteran and was awarded a Bronze Star for his service during the War in Vietnam.
Tickets for Salute to Those Who Serve are on sale starting at $25 with 25% OFF tickets for veterans and their guests (based on availability; some restrictions apply). Discounts are also available for students, seniors and groups of ten or more. Tickets can be purchased through the Akron Symphony ticket office in-person or by calling 330-535-8131, online at www.akronsymphony.org, or by contacting the EJ Thomas Hall box office at 330-972-7570. Season tickets are also available for the Pops Series. Packages start at $42 for first-time buyers.
The Akron Symphony appreciates its sponsors, including The University of Akron and the Ohio Arts Council, which helps fund Akron Symphony concerts with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. Media Partners for this concert are 89.7FM WKSU, Akron Life, Akron Beacon Journal/Ohio.com, and 1590WAKR.
For more than 60 years, the Akron Symphony has been a driving musical force throughout the Greater Akron area. Widely recognized for musical excellence and performance versatility, the Akron Symphony Orchestra is committed to enhancing the quality of life of our community. The Akron Symphony is operated by the Greater Akron Musical Association, Inc. (GAMA), whose vision is to be embraced and sustained as a community treasure that provides a welcoming environment for all people to experience great music. GAMA’s vision is realized by operating the Akron Symphony Orchestra, Akron Youth Orchestras, Akron Symphony Chorus, Akron Symphony Guild, Gospel Meets Symphony Choir and numerous outreach and educational programs throughout the region.