Lebanon Reporter

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June 27, 2014

Symphony celebrates 25 years

Symphony at Sunset will celebrate its 25th anniversary this Sunday with a fireworks finale to prove it.The annual Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Pops concert in Lebanon will take place this Sunday at Abner Longley Park. In recognition of the 25th anniversary, the fireworks show will even have a little extra oomph, said Symphony board Vice President Tammy Spidel.“Hopefully that’s a little bit of a plus,” she said. “I would like to have a record crowd for our anniversary. Something like 2,500 would be awesome.”The turnout for the event is usually around 2,000 people, she added, but attendance has been down the past couple of years. But it is one of the only events where people can experience such a high quality of music in Lebanon, Spidel said. It is the same concert people hear at Conner Prairie, but the tickets are cheaper and the event is closer.“It’s not any less of a concert,” she said. “I think it’s a great evening, a great time to spend with your family and friends.”The park will open for picnics at 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Tables can be reserved at the Lebanon Parks Office for $15. The concert begins at 8 p.m., and the fireworks will follow. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the gate, anytime after 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Students through college are $5, and children ages 5 and younger are free. Tickets can be purchased in Lebanon at Cowan Drugs, Cutting Edge Salon, Dairy Queen, Donaldson’s Finer Chocolates, Ellis Jewelers, the mayor’s office, Milky Way, Minute Print It, Modern Cleaners, Lebanon Parks office, Lebanon Public Library, Royal Cleaners, Boone County Senior Services, or from any Symphony board member. Those needing advance tickets on Sunday can visit Dairy Queen or call Spidel at 317-946-3760.The conductor of the concert will be David Glover, who is the assistant conductor for the ISO. This season, he is assisting and covering all Lilly Classical Series concerts, as well as conducting symFUNy Sundays, Side-by-Side and Discovery concerts.In the past few seasons, Glover has led numerous orchestras, including the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, North Czech Philharmonic, Bulgarian Opera, Bourgas and Hungarian Opera, Cluj. As a participant in numerous competitions, he has placed in the semifinals of the Bartók Opera Competition and was the youngest person to pass the preliminary round of the Cadeques Competition in 2008. Glover has held positions as the Ansbacher Fellow to the Salzburg Festival and Conductor of the Indiana University All-Campus Orchestra. He holds degrees from the University of Georgia and Boston University in violin performance, as well as a master’s degree in instrumental conducting from Indiana University, where he was named an adjunct lecturer in 2007.Starting as a violinist, Glover began to work extensively on conducting in 2005, when he founded and became artistic director of L’Orchestra da Camera, Boston. With this orchestra, he led its inaugural two seasons, which included a complete performance of “The Marriage of Figaro.” In addition to his ISO duties, he is also currently the artistic director of the Wabash Valley Youth Symphony. The Symphony at Sunset Group is a not-for-profit group that does several things in the community, including allowing more than 400 Boone County fifth- and sixth-grade students to travel to the “Discovery Concerts” series to hear orchestra music each year; providing a renewable college scholarship to an eligible graduating senior at both Lebanon and Western Boone High Schools who plans to major in some field of music; allowing children from all Boone County elementary schools to participate in the statewide “Symphony in Color” contest; and bringing an instrument “petting zoo” to Lebanon and Western Boone elementary students to give them the opportunity to see, hold and play the various instruments used by the ISO.

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