Program to Feature Debut of Conductor Richard Milan Simons as Orchestra Opens 21st Season

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- The SUNY Orange Community Orchestra will hold its annual Fall Concert, featuring the debut of new conductor Richard Milan Simons, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4 at Middletown’s Paramount Theatre.

With Simons at the helm, having replaced Dr. Hilarie Clark Moore who directed the orchestra for the past 20 years, the orchestra will commence its 21st season with its upcoming performance.

“The program will be an overture, of sorts,” Simons said. “Just as an opera overture tells you what musical themes you will be hearing in the opera, the concert music presented—from my musical history to my Slavic heritage, as well as my personal interests from Star Trek to railroads—will tell you a little something about what is to come.

“Hilarie was the conductor for two decades. The musicians got to know her very well. Now, we need to learn about each other, and to initiate relationships that provide a strong foundation for our future.”

The orchestra will perform Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings,” Robert W. Smith’s “The Great Locomotive Chase,” Calvin Custer’s arrangement of “Star Trek Through the Years” and Antonin Dvořák’s “Symphony No.9 in E Minor.”

Tickets are available at the Paramount Theatre Box Office. Prices are: $10, general admission; $5, senior citizens (60+) and all other students with ID; and free for active duty military personnel, SUNY Orange students with valid ID, and children under 12.

This concert is sponsored by the SUNY Orange Community College’s Arts and Communication Department. For more information, call (845) 341-4787. For updates on all cultural and artistic events at SUNY Orange, visit “The Arts at SUNY Orange” Facebook page.

The Paramount Theatre, located at 17 South Street in Middletown, is universally accessible.

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Mike Albright
Communications Officer
115 South Street
Middletown, NY 10940