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‘Sports Night’ at the Folsom Symphony

Folsom Symphony celebrates American and international sports with Sports Night at the Symphony, June 6 & 7. Tin Pan Alley favorite “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” is just one of the treats at each performance. Photo public domain

What a season we’ve experienced with the Folsom Symphony. Our new maestro Peter Jaffe continues to amaze and delight. At the most recent concert, he conducted Stravinsky’s “Firebird Suite” without a score. Yes, he memorized it. The entire thing. So, it should come as no surprise that the Folsom Symphony is flexing its “muscles” at […]

Comments Off / May 03, 2015 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Folsom Symphony grows with Rejuvenation

Backstories fascinate me. They can open up an unexpected world for any art piece. For example, in the movie “The Agony and the Ecstasy,” actors Charlton Heston and Rex Harrison had a quiet competition during the filming. Harrison, a tall man at 6 foot, 1 inch, put lifts in his shoes to bring himself up to Heston’s […]

Comments Off / March 22, 2015 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Folsom Symphony is a ‘Tale of Love’ for all ages

Violinist Linda Wang is the soloist at the Folsom Symphony’s Tales of Love concert on Feb. 14. She joins the orchestra for the second selection, “The Butterfly Lovers” violin concerto. It is the first Chinese composition the Folsom Symphony has performed. Written for a western-style orchestra, the flowery, melodious piece is played using some Chinese techniques.

Classical music is for every age. It stirs the passions of the young. It revives the memories of the old. And it’s certainly not boring. Some 15 years ago, I attempted to get this concept across to my third-grade daughter. For her very first concert, I took her to a matinee at the San Francisco […]

Comments Off / January 18, 2015 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Folsom Symphony opening season with Majesty

An evening of truly illustrious music opens the 2014-15 season of the Folsom Symphony with the performance of the Majesty concert at the Harris Center on Oct. 25. Maestro Peter Jaffe will conduct three stately works by Gioachino Rossini, Ludwig van Beethoven and Ottorino Respighi. Pianist Frank Wiens is the evening’s featured soloist. The Barber of […]

Comments Off / October 05, 2014 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Town Center celebrates American freedom with free Folsom Symphony concert

Freedom isn’t free. Purchased at a high price, freedom is the birthright of every American. As a people, we are unique. We love our freedom. We also love peace. It is a sad truth; freedom must be repurchased in every generation — sometimes by standing up for the rights of men and women to be […]

Comments Off / August 28, 2014 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Folsom Symphony’s fall gala raises funds for youth programs

The Folsom Symphony and music director Peter Jaffe are planning an extraordinary benefit gala this year. An Evening Under the Stars will be held Saturday, Sept. 27, on a hilltop in El Dorado Hills surrounded by rolling terrain, lush vineyards and sweeping vistas. Guests will enjoy a gourmet dinner, the area’s finest wines, dancing to […]

Comments Off / August 19, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Folsom Symphony transitions with ‘Out of this World’

Music reflects historical change on various levels. In less than two weeks, Peter Jaffe will guest conduct the Folsom Symphony and give us a foretaste of what to expect in the fall season when he officially takes over the baton of Michael Neumann, emeritus musical director. According to my sources at the symphony, rehearsals are […]

Comments Off / May 18, 2014 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

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