From the Orchestra Library


It’s July 4th and That Means a Concert!

Posted in Uncategorized by kschnack on July 4, 2009

Enough of the serious stuff for today and talking about all those mind-numbing details we orchestra librarians take care of.  Today is the 4th of July and, like many other orchestras, we did a patriotic concert up here at the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival.  With that concert done, it marks the half-way point in our residency.  Three programs down, three to go.  I have lots of things to write about from the first few days up here, but, for today, I thought I’d just show you the concert in picture form.

For that, first we have to back up a bit to mid-June when we were stuffing the folders with about 20 pieces.

Shannon Highland, librarian for The Dallas Opera, helps us in the summers and used the orchestra lounge to do the July 4th folders

Shannon Highland, Librarian for The Dallas Opera, helps us in the summers and used the orchestra lounge to do the July 4th folders

Fast forward a few weeks and here is the end result!

Principal Bassoonist Will Roberts playing from his folder

Principal Bassoonist Will Roberts playing from his folder

Instruments and music trunks were bedecked with flags for the celebration.

Decorated BAss July 4 Harp

Chimes at the ready

Music Trunk

Conductor Bruce Hangen led the festivities, including an audience sing-along.

Guest Conductor Bruce Hangen

Guest Conductor Bruce Hangen

The players got into the spirit of things.

Principal Bass Emeritus Cliff Spohr

Principal Bass Emeritus Cliff Spohr

Associate Principal Horn David Hyde

Associate Principal Horn David Hyde

And let’s not forget the reason we do these programs.

Chime Hammers ready for Liberty Bell March

Chime Hammers ready for Liberty Bell March

The audience had a great time under mostly sunny skies right up to the end of the concert.

July 4th Audience at Gerald R. Ford Ampitheater

July 4th Audience at Gerald R. Ford Ampitheater

Then the wind and rain came in (a typical Colorado afternoon) and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a stage crew move faster to get the instruments packed away — I had to move pretty fast myself to get the folders out from under the wind clips, off the stands, and into the trunks before things started blowing around.

It was a good program and the orchestra sounded great.  Happy 4th of July everyone!

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  1. Amy said,

    Great photos, Karen! It’s like I was there!

  2. kschnack said,

    Well, I am a poor stand-in for you Amy, but I did my best!

    To all the folks out there reading, Amy is the DSO’s Director of Operations. She is a great person and fine amateur photographer. She took July 4th off because not only was it our country’s birthday, it was hers as well. So I did the photo ops. Amy has a fantastic personal blog where she showcases many of her photos, and she also has a great way with words — it will make you smile and laugh. Here is the site: http://ateupamateur.blogspot.com/

    Amy has also been the Dallas Symphony’s official Tweeter for the tour and here is the link:
    http://twitter.com/dallassymphony


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