Benzie Area Symphony Orchestra concert slated for Oct. 7

BENZIE COUNTY — Benzie Performance Celebrates Local Musical Talents Orchestra concert will feature vocal talents and celebrate an aspiring musician.

The Benzie Area Symphony Orchestra will be joined by vocalists from throughout the region for a special performance at 4 p.m. on Oct. 7, in the Benzie Central High School Auditorium. The event will also honor the musical dedication of a current Benzie Central High School student.

Michael Beery and the Symphony Chorus will join the Benzie Area Symphony Orchestra for several pieces including “Hymn to the Fallen” and “Dry Your Tears, Afrika,” a piece from the soundtrack of the film “Amistad.” The singers will also perform Vivaldi’s most famous choral work, “Gloria in D Major.”

The orchestra, under the direction of Tom Riccobono, will also perform a wide range of music including: two lively “Slavonic Dances” by Antonin Dvorak; “Hungarian Dance No. 5” by Johannes Brahms; the mesmerizing “Nimrod” by Edward Elgar; the “Meistersinger Overture” by Richard Wagner; and music from “Phantom of the Opera.”

“The concert will be an eclectic mix of old and new,” said Tom Riccobono. “Joining the vocalists on stage also gives us a chance to explore new repertoire and challenge the lyrical side of our performance. It will also range from contemplative and beautiful to driving and energetic. I can’t wait to share this performance with our community.”

The event will also honor Benzie Central High School student, Zachariah Blough. The aspiring saxophonist is the recipient of a $500 scholarship from the Benzie Area Symphony Orchestra, which he used to attend the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in the summer of 2018.

“Our orchestra is full of people who understand how much happiness and fulfillment you can get from performing music with others,” said Riccobono. “So we’re thrilled to play a part in helping a young musician pursue his own musical path.”

There is a suggested donation to attend the concert. Children under 12 are free.

The Benzie Area Symphony Orchestra is a nonprofit, volunteer orchestra that serves Benzie County and Northwest Michigan, and promotes a lifelong love of music-making and musical performance.

Fore more information on performances or joining the Benzie Area Symphony Orchestra, visit benziesymphony.com or call (231) 889-7182.

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