- Last Updated on 02:09 PM 05/13/12
- BY Special to the Gazette
The Richmond Symphony, conducted by Erin Freeman, will bring lots of musical fun to The Prizery stage Tuesday night at 7:30.
The program will feature POP music from Scot Joplin, George Gershwin, Vernon Duke, Harold Arlen and Morton Gould. With one selection from Johannes Brahms for good measure.
Freeman, an audience favorite, returns for her fifth conducting role at The Prizery.
Scott Joplin’s must famous rag, Maple Leaf Rag was published in 1899 about the time the original Prizery structure was built. Joplin received a one-cent royalty on each sale. By 1909 about a half million copies had been sold.
The symphony will also perform George Gershwin’s Lullaby for String Orchestra, written in 1919 while Gershwin was a student of Edward Kilenyi Sr. Larry Adler, harmonica virtuoso transcribed the piece for harmonica and string quarter and presented it at the Edinburgh Festival in 1963.
Also on the program is “April in Paris” written by Vernon Duke in 1932 for the Broadway musical, Walk A Little Faster. The song has been performed by some of the greatest vocal talents of the time; Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Charlie Parker, Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald. It also made an appearance in the film Blazing Saddles!
Probably the most beloved song on the concert is Harold Arlen’s “Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz. The song has been voted the #1 song of the twentieth century by the National Endowment for the Arts. “Over the Rainbow” won the Academy Award for Best Music, Original Song in 1939.
Also featured on the program are Morton Gould’s Swannee River in the style of Beethoven, PDQ Bach’s Eine Kleine Nichtmusik, William Grant Still’s Danzas de Panama: Cumbia y Congo and Johannes Brahms’s Hungarian Dance No.5.
The Richmond Symphony Pops is presented by the Virginia Commission for the Arts, Old Dominion Electric Cooperative.
Call the box-office at 434-572-8339 for tickets or purchase online at www.prizery.com.
The program will begin promptly at 7:30 and last approximately 75 minutes. The Prizery will provide a cash bar before the show.
The concert will have no intermission.