Saturday, July 22, begins the 24th season’s Summer with the Symphony program with the Whiting Park Festival Orchestra. The WPFO opens with “Shaken not Stirred – Music of James Bond.” This first concert is the return of Jeans ‘n Classics which scored a triumphant success in 2015 with the orchestra. The program features music from all of the James Bond films, including You Only Live Twice, Writing’s on the Wall, Nobody Does it Better, and Live and Let Die. Guest concertmaster Eleanor Bartsch performs Vivaldi’s Spring from the Four Seasons, which was featured in Rodger Moore’s final film, A View to a Kill.
“Love and Marriage” is the theme of the August 5th symphony with Rachelle Puccini, guest concertmaster. Love and marriage seems to be the theme of composers and lyricists since time immemorial. The program opens with Mozart’s brilliant overture of palace intrigue and marital squabbling – The Marriage of Figaro Overture. The program includes medleys from Guys and Dolls and My Fair Lady, and arrangements of such romantic hits as Lady of Spain, Somewhere in Time, Sophisticated Lady, and The Man I Love. Rachelle Puccini performs Fritz Kreisler’s charming Love’s Sorrow and Love’s Joy.
August 19 come for “The Three Bs…..and more!” Music lovers throughout the word know the Three Bs: Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms. The orchestra salutes these giants of classical music, performing Bach’s Air on a G String, Beethoven’s Romance in F (with guest concertmaster Kate Carter), and Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture. Other famous “Bs” included on the program are Borodi, Irving Berlin, and Burt Bacharach. The program ends with a medley from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story.
And as the tradition continues, the concluding symphony is “A Patriotic Grand Finale.” This September 3 patriotic program includes Arthur Harris’s gorgeous Americana Suite, plus America the Beautiful, Armed Forces Salute, a tribute to Elvis Presley and Gershwin’s Crazy for You. Guest concertmaster Maria Storm performs Saint-Saëns’ virtuoso Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso and concludes with the 1812 Overture and The Stars and Stripes Forever.
All concerts begin at 7:30p.m. and are free to the public but perhaps you’d like to show your support by becoming a patron for the entire season. Patrons receive access to refreshments at the Patron Tent, free parking and seating in the special area closest to the pavilion. For more information on available Patron Plans, please call the Chamber at 659-0292