It's a season of 150 year anniversaries, it seems. Last week the MSO celebrated Muncie's sesquicentennial, and this week the Anderson Symphony Orchestra celebrates Anderson's 150th! The orchestra commissioned a work by composer Rick Vale, entitled Symphony No. 2: Celebration. It's a work in five movements, and features three of ASO's musicians. As principal violist, I am featured in the second movement, River. Rehearsal starts tonight, and I'm looking forward to it! The work will also feature Becky Chappell, our principal clarinetist, and John Huntoon, our principal trombone player. I'm not exactly sure how it's all going to work, but I think it'll be fun, and I'm really honored to be a featured soloist on this new work the ASO will premiere on Saturday.
In addition to Celebration, we'll be performing the New England Triptych by William Schuman, A Tribute to Irving Berlin, Appalachian Spring by Copland, and God Bless America. It's a big program with a lot of really awesome patriotic music. It'll be nice to play some of that in September, rather than the requisite July. :-)
Off to rehearsal.