Brockport Symphony Orchestra will kick off its eighth season with a concert celebrating the Erie Canal’s bicentennial at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at Rochester Museum and Science Center, 657 East Ave.
The concert, held in conjunction with the World Canals Conference, will celebrate the grand opening of RMSC’s “Rochester in 1838” exhibit, sponsored by New York State Council on the Arts and Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.
Under the baton of music director Jonathan Allentoff, the concert will showcase narrator Bill Andrews, deputy mayor of Brockport; vocalist Mary Wojciechowski; and the Golden Eagle String Band.
The program will feature the premiere of Allentoff’s “Erie Canal Portrait” for Narrator and Orchestra, composed in honor of the Erie Canal bicentennial, and a new setting of “Songs of the Erie Canal” for Narrator, String Band and Orchestra by Allentoff and William Hullfish.
Hullfish restored and arranged three works that were performed at the Erie Canal’s opening ceremonies, including “DeWitt Clinton’s Grand Canal March,” “The Grand Canal Waltz” and “Meeting of the Waters.”
Highlighting the canal’s influence on Hollywood and Broadway, Wojciechowski will perform three concert selections from the 1953 Erie Canal-themed movie musical, “The Farmer Takes a Wife,” by Harold Arlen and Dorothy Fields, as well as George Cohan’s “Down by the Erie Canal.”
Admission and parking are free. Donations will be accepted at the door.
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