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Symphony to explore music of Old West

By The Mercury

TOPEKA — The Topeka Symphony will present music inspired by “The Old West” on Saturday in White Concert Hall on the Washburn University campus.

  The 7:30 p.m. program will be led by the Topeka Symphony’s conductor, Kyle Wiley Pickett. 

Saturday’s concert will feature music from Academy Award winners Alfred Newman and John Williams, Broadway composer Richard Rodgers, and western classics by Ferde Grofe and Aaron Copland.

The concert will open with Newman’s overture to the 1962 film, “How the West Was Won.”  The orchestra then will perform a suite from “Oklahoma!” by Rodgers, arranged by Robert Russell Bennett. 

The first half of the program will conclude with three movements from Grofe’s “Grand Canyon Suite,” featuring the well-known “On the Trail” section. 

Following intermission, the orchestra will perform Williams’ overture to the 1972 movie “The Cowboys.”  The concert’s finale will be a suite from Copland’s score for the ballet, “Billy the Kid.”

Pickett and the TSO musicians will depart from their usual concert dress and, in keeping with the theme of the evening, will be attired in western wear. Audience members are welcome to come similarly dressed or dress casually.

Single tickets for this concert are $34, $29 and $24, with full-time students at half price.

To order tickets or for more information, contact the Symphony office at 785-232-2032. 

The Topeka Symphony is sponsored in part by Washburn University.

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