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Folsom Symphony kicks off summer with ‘Made in America’

By From page B2 | May 08, 2013

Time certainly flew this arts season. The Folsom Symphony will be closing out its 2012-13 season on May 17 & 18. But with its emphasis on “Made in America,” it actually feels more like a celebration of the beginning of an American summer.

Think about it: high school and college commencements, family gatherings on the lake, Memorial Day … and we haven’t even gotten to the Folsom Pro Rodeo in July!

This year, Maestro Michael Neumann and the members of the Folsom Symphony celebrate the ingenuity of American music.

The final concert of the season traditionally features some “pops” from the Silver Screen, and this year is no exception. American movie composer John Williams’ (b. 1932) scores for “E.T.,” “Saving Private Ryan” and “Schindler’s List” will figure prominently. Williams’ work includes some of the most recognizable film scores in the history of the motion picture industry. In fact, he composed the music for all but two of Stephen Spielberg’s feature films.

Four dance episodes from “Rodeo” by Aaron Copland (1900-1990) will have you tapping your toes, as will selections from Stephen Schwartz’ (b. 1948) “Wicked.”

Guest violinist Dawn Harms will perform with the orchestra for the first movement of Samuel Barber’s (1910-1981) violin concerto. This work, by an American composer, has an international twist to it: Barber began work on the concerto in Switzerland in 1939, but then had to return to the States, due to the immanent outbreak of World War II. He completed the work in the Pocono Mountains.

The concerto is scored for two each of flutes, oboes, clarinets, bassoons, horns, trumpets, timpani, snare drum, piano and strings.

Harms and the orchestra will present some All-American surprises, too. So don’t miss out!

This concert closes out the ninth season for what was originally the Folsom Lake Symphony Orchestra. It seems like only yesterday that we were attending concerts of the young symphony at the Jill Solberg building at Folsom High School.

Now, our beloved Folsom Symphony headlines at the beautiful Three Stages facility, perched on Folsom’s Carpenter Hill. It is a beautiful venue to spend a comfortable and elegant evening out. Take your in-laws from the Bay Area. They won’t believe the culture we have in our own backyard.

Enjoy the moment.

The tenth season — the 2013-14 Season — is posted online. Season tickets are selling fast … which is yet another testament to how good the Folsom Symphony is. This is an affordable, quality luxury for our time.

“Made in America” will be presented May 17 & 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Three Stages’ Stage One on the Folsom Lake College campus. Limited seating is available. For tickets visit or call (916) 608-6888.

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Susan Laird


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