Manchester Symphony Orchestra kicks off 2014-15 season with Vive la France!

Vive la France! – the first concert of the 76th Manchester Symphony Orchestra season – celebrates French composers.

Among other pieces, the first half of the Oct. 26 concert will feature guest artist Kelly Hornbarger, flute, performing the virtuosic piece Fantasie Brillante from Carmen. Hornbarger is from Fort Wayne.

The second half features the Camille Saint-Saens Symphony No. 3 (the organ symphony).  This is the first time this major work has been performed on the MU campus.

The concert starts at 3 p.m. in Cordier Auditorium on the North Manchester campus of Manchester University.

Tickets for the general public are $10; free for MU students, faculty and staff with ID, and guests 18 years and younger.

At 2:20 p.m. John Planer, Ph.D., who has been teaching courses in music and the humanities at Manchester University since 1969, will host a pre-concert conversation about the music with members of the Manchester Symphony Society.

Other performances this season:

•Dec. 7 – Magnificat in D major, BWV 243 by J.S. Bach with the MU A Cappella Choir and Manchester Symphony, in Cordier

•March 8 – Symphony No. 8, D. 759 (unfinished) by Schubert, in Cordier

•April 26 – Symphony No. 6, Op. 68 (pastorale) by Beethoven, at the Honeywell Center in Wabash

The Manchester Symphony Orchestra serves Wabash County and the region.  This tradition has its roots in its founding in 1939 by citizens of Wabash County and what was then Manchester College. That partnership continues today, with a carefully crafted collaboration of professional and community musicians, along with selected faculty, staff, and student musicians of Manchester University.

Scott Humphries, an assistant professor at Manchester University and director of instrumental studies and music education, conducts the Manchester Symphony Orchestra and MU Symphonic Band. He is also principal conductor of the Fort Wayne Area Community Band.

This year, activities of the orchestra are supported by collaborations with the North Manchester Chamber of Commerce, the Economic Development Corporation of Wabash County and the Honeywell Center.  New productions include the Piano Coffee Hour hosted by Timbercrest and the Peabody Retirement Community.  Also, look for performances by the MU Jazz Quartet sponsored by the MSO.

October 13, 2014

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