MOUNT VERNON — The Knox County Symphony, conducted by Dr. Benjamin Locke, will present its annual Fall Concert on Saturday at 8 p.m. in the R. R. Hodges Chapel/Auditorium on the Mount Vernon Nazarene University campus, 800 Martinsburg Road, Mount Vernon.
This event follows the symphony’s successful Children’s Concert at Ariel-Foundation Park on Oct. 1 , the Symphony’s open-air concert which launched its 52nd consecutive season of music-making.
Saturday’s concert begins with the overture to “West Side Story” by composer Leonard Bernstein. This musical, based upon the story of “Romeo and Juliet,” opened on Broadway 60 years ago. This will be followed by what is arguably the most famous symphony ever written, Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 5 in C Minor.” Its fame is justified, for Beethoven ingeniously expands a simple four-note motive into an exciting half-hour of music. A beautiful intermezzo by Pietro Mascagni begins the second half of the program.
The Shakespearean inspiration continues with Tchaikovsky’s “Romeo and Juliet” Overture — “Fantasy,” a tone poem that tells the story via musical imagery. The concert then closes with the rousing “Hoe-Down” by Aaron Copland.
Prior to the concert will be a “Fabulous Fall Feast” at 6 p.m. in the President’s Dining Room on the campus of MVNU. Enjoy a bountiful menu and a short autumn walk to the concert. For information about the dinner or concert tickets, call Sarah Goslee Reed at 740-392-4955.