Marshall Symphony plans to return to the concert scene this month | New
The Marshall Symphony Orchestra will return to the Baker Auditorium stage at East Texas Baptist University on Saturday, June 19 at 7 p.m.
The concert, titled ‘Spring Strings – the French Connection’, will feature well-known organist Charles Gilbert in a performance of the magnificent organ concerto by French composer Francis Poulenc, and the orchestra will also perform music ranging from Bach to Holst. .
Since the concert is given on June 17, to commemorate the date, the orchestra will also perform a beautiful short work by famous African-American composer George Walker.
The concert will be conducted by the OSM’s internationally renowned musical director, Kermit Poling. The concert will last a little over an hour.
Kermit Poling said of the concert: “Spring is a time of renewal, and as the pandemic has hopefully subsided, it seems appropriate to return to the concert stage with music that also celebrates this renewal. We are delighted to be back! The orchestra is also celebrating 70 years of delivering great music in East Texas. “
Charles Gilbert studied orchestration, organ conducting, and organ at Texarkana College and Stephen F. Austin State Universities. He has also had the privilege of having honed his skills under the tutelage of several excellent private instructors.
In addition to the realm of written and interpretive music, Gilbert has had the chance to share with some of the brightest minds in mechanical music of the 20th and 21st centuries, helping to keep the lost art of automatic musical instruments alive. He has performed for public and private venues, as well as for numerous studio recording sessions.
He has been a rehearsal pianist for productions, ballets, operas and musical theater performances for most of his career. Gilbert is currently organist / choir director at First Baptist Church in Jefferson, TX and is the owner of C and J Piano-Organ Tuning and Repair – a more than 30-year-old local business based in Center and Jefferson, TX.
Kermit Poling is a Centaur recording artist and his recording with the London Symphony Orchestra in 2017 won worldwide acclaim and a Global Music Award. Poling has been presented with orchestras such as the Filarmonia Veneta Orchestra in Italy, the State Symphony Orchestra of Mexico, the Moscow Ballet, and the Shenzhen Symphony of China, among others.
The Pennsylvania Ballet of Philadelphia premiered their new ballet, Fairy Rhymes in Spring 2019, previously performing their Peter Pan and Prince Charming ballets in April and May 2018.
Tickets cost $ 25 in advance or $ 30 at the door. Tickets and information about this concert, as well as other performances by the Marshall Symphony Orchestra are available at www.marshallsymphony.com.