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Sept 22, 2013 | Massillon
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2013 - 2014
Choosing music and putting together programs for you, and for the players in the Tuscarawas Philharmonic is one of the parts of the job of music director that I enjoy most. I get to dream, to research, to dream some more, to consult a bit with this prospective soloist, a choir director, a few players, board and management ...and then make some choices, and put things together in a big jig saw puzzle that will come together as delight. All of the selections are important to me, but here are some I want to tell you about:
Each program is its own unique package..tenor Tim Culver and a few singing friends belt out arias and songs and Rob Frankenberry makes his debut as a pianist in Rachmaninoff’s dazzling second piano concerto. In February - we’ll have favorites for a Valentine party as the orchestra rocks the Symphonic Dances from West Side Story and songstress Joan Ellison belts out Big Band hits. In March, a celebration of American individualism and art featuring Thompson’s choral settings of Frost poems and works with soloists from the orchestra. The May program will bring to the stage a unique collaboration with the Tuscarawas Dance Arts Studio and the season finishes in June with the return of homegrown talent for another ever-popular Classic Country Concert. Those are the salient points...more delights in the details. We’ll save those for later!
2013-2014 Season Concert Dates:
Oct 19, (Dec 8 - Messiah), Dec 14, Feb 15, Mar 22, May 17, June 7
The Ohio Story
Beginning in 1947 Frank Siedel, with the sponsorship of Ohio Bell Telephone Company, produced a radio series called "The Ohio Story." The program, which was broadcast from Cleveland 3 times a week, aired for about 20 years on stations throughout Ohio. In 1947 the broadcast crew came to record the Tuscarawas Philharmonic in the Dover H.S. (Band) Rehearsal Room. (In those days, the orchestra was known as the Tuscarawas County Philharmonic.)
Gilbert Roehm, who founded the orchestra and conducted it for 27 seasons, was interveiwed as part of the broadcast. The program that was recorded in 1947 was preserved on a 78 rpm record. Recently Kurt Roehm, son of Giblert Reohm, sent us excerpts from that program. Kurt stated that he transferred the program from 78 rpm record many years ago and has since upgraded to tape, cassette, and CD. His biggest problem was not having an old record player, and not being able to add enough weight to the needle (stylus) of the player arm to keep it from bouncing off the record. He, like us, found the commercials to be entertaining.
Click on the link below to hear excerpts from Offenbach's La Belle Helene, Mozart's Marriage of Figaro, and Bizet's Carmen which made the final cut. The interview and Thais excerpt were done live at the time of the broadcast.
Note that the audio will open in a new window, and you will need to turn up the volume on your computer.