Annual Event Features First of Four Finalists for New Conductor Position
The Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra’s free annual outdoor summer concert at 4:00 p.m. on July 25 features “Opera Goes Pop!,” conducted by David Bernard,. His program offers an array of enjoyable tunes from the opera world, as well as the much-anticipated appearance of the Mini-Maestros — the “kiddie conductors” — who will stride to the podium and use chopstick batons and take turns in leading the “Radetzky March.”
The program is a stirring combination of selections from some of the most famous U.S. and international composers: Strauss: Die Fledermaus; Bizet Carmen; Ponchielli: Dance of the Hours from La Gioconda; Copland: Rodeo: Hoe Down; Bernstein: West Side Story; Rossini: William Tell Overture; Strauss: Blue Danube; Strauss: Radetzky March; Williams: Star Wars Suite; Sousa: Stars & Stripes Forever
David Bernard, the conductor, has served as Music Director of the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony in New York City since 1999, and under his leadership the orchestra has expanded in size and achieved critical acclaim. He has conducted in more than 20 countries, including a nine-city tour of China. Mr. Bernard is one of four finalists hoping to become the next Musical Director of the GNSO, succeeding Dr. Woomyung Choe, who led the orchestra in its first 20 years.
Again, there is no admission charge for the July 25 event. Families can bring blankets and chairs and find a comfortable spot on the spacious lawn in front of the Downing Park amphitheater. Refreshments will be available before the concert and during intermission. Downing Park is located one mile south of the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge on Route 9W (Robinson Avenue) at the corner of South Street. In case of weather or extreme heat, the concert will be held indoors at Aquinas Hall, Mount Saint Mary College. Call 845-913-7157 or visit www.newburghsymphony.org.
This project is made possible in part with funds from Price Chopper Supermarket, Stewart’s Holiday Match and the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Arts Mid-Hudson.
The Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra is one of the leading cultural institutions of the Hudson River Valley. It was founded in 1995 by Dr. Choe and its first president, George Handler, who was followed as president after 10 years by the late Fred McCurdy. In addition to its regular concerts, the Orchestra annually visits a local high school where its professional musicians — who come from throughout the Valley — play “Side-by-Side” in a formal concert with student musicians.