DSO to honor late founder
DANVILLE — The Danville Symphony Orchestra's final concert of its 47th season on Saturday evening will honor its founder, Harry Adams, who died last year.
The orchestra also promises "Two Times the Fun," with guest artists Charles Webb and Steven Mann, a piano duo, plus Joseph Mervis of Indianapolis as narrator of "Carnival of the Animals."
The fun gets underway at 7;30 p.m. in the Dick Van Dyke Auditorium at Danville High School, 202 E. Fairchild St.
The concert program is built around Webb and Mann performing two gems: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Concerto No. 10 in Eb for Two Pianos, and Camille Saint-Saens' charming "Carnival of the Animals."
Narrator Joseph Mervis is an up-and-coming actor in Indianapolis and a high school freshman there.
Maestro Jeremy Swerling said Mozart's Concerto No. 10 in Eb for Two Pianos was one of the first piano concertos he ever owned on an LP, and he's wanted to perform it ever since.
"Piano concertos are always popular because people love both the sound of the instrument as well as the ability to watch the hands flying over the keyboard," he said. "So it makes sense that having two pianos and two performers would be two times the fun, right?"
The program also will include Bedrich Smetana's "The Moldau," which evokes one of the best known rivers in Bohemia.
The orchestra will devote a portion of the concert program to honor founding conductor Harry Adams.
He and his wife, Gail, in the summer of 1967 sketched out on a napkin in a cafe the plans for a symphony in Danville.
"The Danville Symphony Orchestra is proud to honor our founding conductor and delighted to have his daughter Carolyn and son Michael return to Danville to be part of the celebration," said orchestra Executive Director Staci Disney-Walker.
She said Michael Adams, a violist, will rehearse and perform with the orchestra as part of the tribute to his father.
Ticket holders are invited to attend "Moments with the Maestro," a free pre-concert presentation that provides insight into the evening's music, composers and guest artists, at 6:45 p.m. in the DHS lobby.
There also will be a post-concert reception at the Vermilion County Museum, 116 N. Gilbert St., Danville. Space is limited to 125 guests. For the reception, RSVP before Thursday at 443-5300 or email@example.com.
The event is complimentary to season ticket holders but a donation is appreciated. Single ticket holders may attend for $10.
Tickets to the concert are $30 or $28 for adults; $28 or $26, senior citizens; and $15 for students.