Nature abounds at MSO season finale

The Manchester Symphony Orchestra closes its 2014-15 season with “The Nature of the Classics” at the Honeywell Center in Wabash.

It is 3 p.m. Sunday, April 26. Tickets for the general public are $10; admission is free for MU students, faculty and staff with ID, and guests 18 years and younger.

Scott HumphriesEach piece has a reference to nature, said Scott Humphries, an assistant professor at Manchester University who conducts the symphony orchestra.

“Our opening selection is In the Steppes of Central Asia by Alexander Borodin,” he said. “We are also doing a short piece by Percy Grainger called Molly on the Shore.” The marquee piece is Symphony No. 6 (Pastoral) by Beethoven

“This will be the first broadcast performance of the MSO,” Humphries said. “We are recording it for a rebroadcast on PBS 39 in Fort Wayne.”

Founded in 1939, the orchestra is a collaboration of professional and community musicians, along with selected MU faculty, staff and student musicians.

Activities of the orchestra are supported by the North Manchester Chamber of Commerce, the Economic Development Corporation of Wabash County and the Honeywell Center.

Humphries also conducts the MU Symphonic Band and is principal conductor of the Fort Wayne Area Community Band.

April 16, 2015

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