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Steven Trinkle, Artistic Director

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Welcome to the
2008-2009 Season

It’s about Kids!

This year we begin a season that opens its doors to children and students. All students and children 18 years and younger are admitted FREE to the October, December and April concerts.

Steven Trinkle

Part of a project funded by the Dana Foundation, we are inviting young people to  fill the concert hall to see and hear the artists they have encountered in their schools.

We open our season with our Oktoberfest, a concert of the great German composers Brahms, Strauss and Beethoven. Celebrating the opening of the school year we begin with Johannes Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture written to commemorate the honorary doctorate presented him in 1880 by the University of Breslau. The work uses several student songs as themes and certainly surprised the stayed faculty of Breslau on its first hearing. Greg Miller from the University of Maryland joins us as soloist in the Horn Concerto No. 1 in E Flat Major, one of the great concertos written for the French Horn, written by Richard Strauss, one the finest composers of the late Romantic period. Strauss used his keen compositional skills in creating this fluid and quixotic concerto.

The program concludes with Symphony No. 5 in C Minor by Ludwig van Beethoven. It’s unlikely that there is anyone in western culture that cannot sing the opening 4 notes of the 5th – da da da dahhhhhhhhh! In fact in the 200 years since its premiere on December 22, 1808 this may be one of the most popular and well-known works in classical music.

Our “Christmas Pops" concert is filled with holiday joy, not to mention the two sleigh rides, a symphony for toys, a parade of wooden soldiers and the telling of our favorite children’s story “’Twas the Night Before Christmas”. Be of good voice too because we expect you to sing along with the orchestra on your favorite Christmas carols.

In February we have a very special treat for you.  Michael Martin Murphey, the Cowboy Music Singer, and his band will join the Powder River Symphony for “Boots and Toots II”. You have seen him on David Letterman and Austin City Limits. He has performed with many symphony orchestras and he has come to Gillette for this special fund-raiser for the PRS. Buy your tickets early; this is sure to be a full house.

Finally we have the pleasure of bringing the jazz singer Jackie Allen to join us for our April concert, “Starry, Starry Night." Accompanied by Hans Sturm on bass and Dane Richeson on set, Jackie's extraordinary talent has taken her across the globe. She has toured Morocco, Brazil, and China where she was the only jazz artist to headline at the Beijing Music Festival. You can find her recordings on the Blue Note and Naxos labels.

Join us for a season that covers it all:  classical, holiday, cowboy and jazz.  and BRING YOUR KIDS!


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