SUNY Orange Ensemble to Perform in Pine Bush, Newburgh and Middletown

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – The SUNY Orange Symphonic Band will showcase light classics and popular favorites during its upcoming summer concert series, with performances slated for Pine Bush on July 27, Newburgh on Aug. 2 and Middletown on Aug. 4.

The band, comprised of SUNY Orange students and musicians from the community, will open its three-concert series with a 7 p.m. performance at the Adams Memorial Bandshell in Pine Bush on Friday, July 27. The bandshell is located in the center of Pine Bush, along Main Street (Route 52) just east of Route 302. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be moved to the Town of Crawford Town Hall, across Route 302 from Pine Bush High School. The concert is part of the Pine Bush Arts Council’s annual summer series.

Two on-campus appearances will close out the band’s summer series. The group will perform in the Great Room of Kaplan Hall on the Newburgh campus at 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 2 before finishing with a 5 p.m. concert on Aug. 4 on SUNY Orange’s Middletown Campus Alumni Green. Parking for the Newburgh concert is available in the Kaplan Hall parking garage. Ample parking for the Middletown performance will be accessible adjacent to Orange Hall (Parking Lot 1) or across South Street from Morrison Hall (Parking Lot 5).

All three concerts are free and open to the general public.

Each of the performances will follow a similar format, but will feature a unique arrangement or two just for that particular concert. The musical framework of the shows will include Franz von Suppe’s overture to “Light Cavalry,” Johannes Brahms’ “Hungarian Dance No. 1,” the overture to the musical “42nd Street” by Harry Warren and Al Dubin, a medley of songs by Eric Clapton compiled and arranged by Jay Bocook, and selections from Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition.” The main program will also include marches by Brad Carroll, Jamie Texidor and John Philip Sousa.

In Pine Bush, the band will feature the saxophone section in Acton Ostling’s “Swing Low, Sweet Sax,” a fantasy on the classic spiritual “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.” The Newburgh concert will highlight the world premiere of “Del Arco Iris” by Michael Lewis, a march by Edwin Frank Goldman, and Jonathan Cohen’s “Piccolos in the Pub” for flute choir. Lewis’ “Del Arco Iris” and Ostling’s “Swing Low, Sweet Sax” will round out the Middletown concert.

For directions and information, please contact the Pine Bush Area Arts Council at (845) 744-5418, or Kevin Scott at (845) 341-4393. The SUNY Orange Symphonic Band is also seeking musicians who are interested in joining a college-community band.

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Mike Albright
Communications Officer
115 South Street
Middletown, NY 10940