Group to Mix New Choices, Selections from Cancelled March Concert, Into Upcoming Show

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – A mix of Robert Russell Bennett and Richard Rodgers arrangements, along with selected dance music, will headline the SUNY Orange Symphonic Band’s Spring Concert, slated for 8 p.m., Friday, April 28 at the Paramount Theater in Middletown.

This show will mark the band’s first performance at the historic downtown theater, located at 17 South Street, under a collaborative agreement between the City of Middletown and the College. The band, comprised of students from Orange County Community College and members of the community from middle school age to senior citizens, is under the direction of Kevin Scott.

The band was originally scheduled to debut at the Paramount in mid March, but the concert was cancelled due to a snowstorm. Scott has handpicked songs from that show—entitled “Go for Baroque … and Dance!”—for inclusion in the upcoming spring performance. Additionally, the group will showcase Bennett’s symphonic scenarios from Rodgers’ “South Pacific” and “The Sound of Music,” selections from Bennett’s “Suite of Old American Dances” and Handel’s “Water Music,” as well as Norman Dello Joio’s “Satiric Dances” and John Cacavas’ “Americana Two-Step.”

Admission to the concert is free, but the Arts and Communication Department is suggesting a $5 donation at the door. For additional information, contact the Arts and Communication Department at (845) 341-4787.

Local musicians interested in playing in the band should contact Scott to arrange an audition. Scott is particularly interested in musicians who can play flute, clarinet, trumpet and percussion instruments. The band meets from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays at the Paramount. All musicians are invited to participate but must have their own instrument.

» Back to Headlines

Mike Albright
Communications Officer
115 South Street
Middletown, NY 10940