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Bright and Brassy
June 1, 2013 | 7:30 PM
The Tuscarawas Philharmonic wraps up the May Festival - our community-wide celebration of arts and culture - with a program of festive music. We’ll mark the bicentennial of the great German composer Richard Wagner and tap toes to classic band music performed by the May Festival Honors Wind Ensemble. Last season, the orchestra treated its audience to Pines of Rome from Ottorino Respighi’s spectacular trilogy, bringing them spontaneously to their feet in a roaring ovation. The Philharmonic will finish its tour of Rome with Feste Romane, the final–and if possible, even more electrifying–installment of that work.
Selections for antiphonal brass choirs by Giovanni Gabrieli
Wagner: Rienzi Overture
Selections featuring the May Festival Honors Band
Respighi: Feste Romane
The Ohio Story
Beginning in 1947 Frank Siedel, with the sponsorship of Ohio Bell Telephone Company, produced a radio series called "The Ohio Story." The program, which was broadcast from Cleveland 3 times a week, aired for about 20 years on stations throughout Ohio. In 1947 the broadcast crew came to record the Tuscarawas Philharmonic in the Dover H.S. (Band) Rehearsal Room. (In those days, the orchestra was known as the Tuscarawas County Philharmonic.)
Gilbert Roehm, who founded the orchestra and conducted it for 27 seasons, was interveiwed as part of the broadcast. The program that was recorded in 1947 was preserved on a 78 rpm record. Recently Kurt Roehm, son of Giblert Reohm, sent us excerpts from that program. Kurt stated that he transferred the program from 78 rpm record many years ago and has since upgraded to tape, cassette, and CD. His biggest problem was not having an old record player, and not being able to add enough weight to the needle (stylus) of the player arm to keep it from bouncing off the record. He, like us, found the commercials to be entertaining.
Click on the link below to hear excerpts from Offenbach's La Belle Helene, Mozart's Marriage of Figaro, and Bizet's Carmen which made the final cut. The interview and Thais excerpt were done live at the time of the broadcast.
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