JOPLIN, Mo. —
A new community orchestra will give its first performance in a new concert hall. Completed last year, the Thomas Jefferson Concert Hall is a good spot for music fans and families to get out of the sun and prepare for Independence Day.
The Summer Symphony Orchestra, comprised of 42 musicians from around the area, will perform a program of light classics by Strauss, Aaron Copland, Percy Grainger and George Gershwin.
“It’s a light program that features some patriotic music,” said co-director John Atteberry. “It’s a great family concert, a nice evening’s entertainment.”
One of the program’s highlights is Gershwin’s “An American in Paris,’” Atteberry said. The piece gives the entire orchestra a chance to shine as they play through Gershwin’s trademark jazz-inspired phrases.
“I’m really fond of ‘An American in Paris,” Atteberry said. “It’s a beautiful symphonic piece. It’s not a patriotic piece, but it has a real American feel.”
Other selections include “John Henry” by Aaron Coplan, “Irish Tune from Country Derry” and “Molly on the Shore” by Percy Grainger, and Johann Strauss’ “Radetzky March.”
The orchestra is made up of area musicians of all ages. It includes players with high school orchestras from Thomas Jefferson, Joplin and Carl Junction, members of the Missouri Southern Community Orchestra and others.
Terry Dolanc, retired director of orchestra at Joplin High School, is the other co-director. Atteberry teaches music at Thomas Jefferson and is the principal bassonist of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra.
Want to go?
The Summer Symphony Orchestra will perform at 7 p.m. Monday at Thomas Jefferson Concert Hall, located at Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School.