“The End ... or the Beginning” Theme to be Carried from Canceled November Event; Holiday Songs Planned Also

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – The SUNY Orange Symphonic Band will deliver a unique musical experience inspired by the end of the world doomsday predictions of Nostradamus and the Mayan calendar when it takes to Middletown’s Paramount Theatre for its annual winter concert at 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 15.

Much of the music in the concert, to be performed under the theme of “2012: The End ... or the Beginning,” was to be part of the band’s Nov. 3 concert that was canceled in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. But, to offset the doomsday vibe and to recognize the spirit that surrounds the upcoming holidays, a blend of holiday selections will be sprinkled into the program.

The show will feature the world premiere of “Nibiru: The Bringer of Doom” composed by Carlton L. Winston. The composition was written as a gift to the band and its conductor, Kevin Scott. “Nibiru” recognizes another “doom prophecy,” in the form of a fictional planet, originally listed as a star in Babylonian and Sumerian mythologies, that is on course to collide and destroy the Earth ... in 2012. The SUNY Orange Symphonic Band has previously premiered other Winston compositions, including most recently debuting “Dionysian Mysteries” at its May 2012 concert.

In keeping with the gloom and doom theme, the band will also perform Modeste Mussorgsky’s “Night on Bald Mountain,” Donald Johnston’s “Ritual,” and Charles Lee Hill’s “At the Gremlin Ball.” The more up-tempo holiday arrangements will include Philip Sparke’s “Fanfare for Saint Cecelia,” Morten Lauridsen’s “O Magnum Mysterium” and the New York premiere of Robert Vuono’s “Glorious Songs of Olde,” a medley of Christmas carols for chorus and concert band originally composed for the U.S. Navy Band. For this concert, Scott is gathering singers from various community, school and church choruses in Orange County to accompany the band.

The concert is sponsored by the College’s Arts and Communication Department. General admission is $5. SUNY Orange Students with a current ID and active military personnel will be admitted free. The Paramount Theatre, located at 17 South St. in Middletown, is universally accessible. For more information, contact the Arts and Communication Department at (845) 341-4787. For updates on all cultural and artistic events at SUNY Orange, visit “The Arts at SUNY Orange” Facebook page.

The SUNY Orange Symphonic Band, comprised of students and members of the community, is also seeking musicians. Interested performers may contact Scott at (845) 341-4393.

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