Performance at Paramount Theatre to Also Feature Music from “Star Trek,” “2001: A Space Odyssey”

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – The SUNY Orange Symphonic Band will conclude its 2010-11 concert series with a program of music inspired by outer space when it takes to the Paramount Theatre stage at 8 p.m., Saturday, May 14.

The band’s featured offering will be an extended suite of John Williams’ music from “Star Wars.” Since the first “Star Wars” movie debut in theaters in 1977, George Lucas’ six films have made a major impact on generations of movie buffs and music lovers. The band will perform eight selections from all six movies in arrangements by Stephen Bulla, Jack Bullock, Donald Hunsberger and Robert W. Smith.

Also on the playlist will be the fanfare from Richard Strauss’ “Also Sprach Zarathustra,” which became immortal when Stanley Kubrick used it in the opening of his ground-breaking 1968 sci-fi classic, “2001: A Space Odyssey.” Jay Bocook’s symphonic suite from “Star Trek,” utilizing themes composed by Michael Giacchino and Alexander Courage from the recent movie and the original television series, and “Mars” and “Jupiter” from Gustav Holst’s celebrated orchestral suite “The Planets.”

The program will open with David Holsinger’s “On a Hymnsong of Philip Bliss” to be played in memory of George Backofen, a SUNY Orange alumni and former math professor at the College who was the victim of a fire in his home this past January. His wife Frances, who is a member of the band and survives him, was critically injured in the fire.

The band, under the direction of Kevin Scott, is comprised of SUNY Orange students and members of the community. The concert is sponsored by the College’s Arts and Communications Department. General admission is $5 but active duty military personnel will be admitted free. The Paramount Theatre is located at 17 South St.

For more information, contact the Arts and Communication Department at (845) 341-4787. The SUNY Orange Symphonic Band is also seeking musicians who are interested in joining a college-community band. To learn more about the band, contact Scott at (845) 341-4393.


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Mike Albright
Communications Officer
115 South Street
Middletown, NY 10940