The Plymouth State College Symphonic Band, under the direction of Professor Gary Corcoran, presents On the Road to Vienna, at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 29, in the Silver Cultural Arts Center. The concert will feature the music of well-known classical composers such as Mozart, Brahms, Haydn, Wagner, Bach, Richard Strauss, Johann Strauss and Carl Maria von Weber. Proceeds from the concert will help to fund the Symphonic Band’s trip to Germany and Austria in March 2002.
“I want our students to experience a different view of the world and learn what other cultures can offer us. By bringing the history book alive, students can connect with … Mozart, Strauss, Wagner, Beethoven and Brahms,” says Corcoran. “Our students are excited about their ‘trip of a lifetime’ and about having an opportunity to immerse themselves in the cultures that fostered such magnificent musical artists.”
Corcoran explains that trips such as this one are a huge undertaking. There are rehearsals with the students, arrangements to make to transport and house a group of 50 students and alumni. Then there are the concert bookings and publicity, along with city tours and museum visits. The band will perform in Munich, Salzburg and Vienna. The venues will be mostly small concert halls and churches. The concert is one of several ways in which the Symphonic Band is raising funds to help pay for transportation, and renting some of the larger instruments they will need for their European concerts.
Admission is $5 per person. For more information about the concert, contact the Silver Cultural Arts Center box office at 535-ARTS. (If special arrangements are required for people with disabilities, please call in advance.) For more information about the Symphonic Band’s European tour, contact Prof. Gary Corcoran at 535-2495.