The Penfield Symphony Orchestra, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, will present “A Suite for the Sweet,” the third concert of its 63rd season.
The concert will feature Bernstein’s “Overture to Candide,” William Grant Still’s “Poem for Orchestra,” Hanson’s Symphony No. 2 in D-flat major and Grofé’s “Grand Canyon Suite.” It will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 25 at the Penfield High School Auditorium, 25 High School Drive in Penfield.
The “Grand Canyon Suite” requires special sound effects to be used.
PSO percussionist Bill Youhass went to Pettinger Sheet and Metal Fabrication in Canandaigua to create a thunder sheet out of a 4-by-8-foot piece of galvanized steel.
To create the sound of wind, Jack Mottley, PSO volunteer; and Dianne Stengel, PSO operations manager and bassoon II, used pictures of machines used for old time radio sound effects to design a wind machine. It took two months to build and comes complete with turnbuckles so the tightness of the canvas sheet can be adjusted. The slats are hardwood oak.
Coconut shells are being used to simulate the hooves of burros going down the Grand Canyon trails.
Audience members will be invited to crank the wind machine themselves after the concert.
Tickets can be purchased at, by phone at (585) 872-0774, at all area Wegmans, the Penfield Recreation Department, Canandaigua National Bank (Penfield Branch) and at the door on the night of the concert.
Tickets cost $15 for adults and $12 for senior citizens, 60 and older. For students of any age with a student ID, tickets are free.
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