Susquehanna Symphony opens season in Bel Air

October 02, 1994

The Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra will open its 18th season at 8 p.m. Oct. 29 at the John Carroll High School in Bel Air with a performance of "Struggle . . . and Hope."

Sheldon Bair will conduct the program, which celebrates the tenacity and courage of the human spirit in the face of adversity.

The concert will open with "Fanfare for American Heroes," written by black composer William Grant Still in 1944.

Beethoven's "Fidelio" overture and a cello concerto written by John Davison and performed by prize-winning cellist Evelyn Elsing will be featured.

After an intermission, the program will resume with Mr. Still's "Los Alnados de Espana."

Violinist Clay Purdy of Bel Air will perform music from the movie "Schindler's List" and the program will conclude with the "Nabucco" overture by Guiseppe Verdi.

A slide show and lecture on the life and music of William Grant Still will precede the concert at 6:45 p.m. in the high school's auditorium. The composer's daughter, Judith, will narrate the presentation.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for students. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Preston's Stationery and Music Land stores in Bel Air; Camelot Music in Harford Mall; and the Music and Arts Center in The Festival at Bel Air. Advance tickets and season subscriptions are available by calling 893-9217.

The Susquehanna Symphony is financed in part by Maryland State Arts Council and Harford County Cultural Advisory Board grants.

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