(Penfield, New York) – The Penfield Symphony Orchestra, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to enriching the Rochester community for over 60 years, will present “A Suite for the Sweet,” the third concert of its 63rd season. The concert will feature Bernstein’s Overture to Candide, William Grant Still’s Poem for Orchestra, Hanson’s Symphony No. 2 in D-flat major, and Grofé’s Grand Canyon Suite. It will be held on February 25, 2019, at 7:30 p.m. at the Penfield High School Auditorium located at 25 High School Drive in Penfield, New York.

The Grand Canyon Suite requires special sound effects to be used, so our creative musicians came up with some novel solutions!

PSO percussionist Bill Youhass went to Pettinger Sheet & Metal Fabrication in Canandaigua to create a thunder sheet out of a 4 x 8 foot piece of galvanized steel.

And to create the sound of wind, Jack Mottley (PSO Volunteer) and Dianne Stengel (PSO Operations Manager and Bassoon II) used pictures of machines used for old time radio sound effects to design our own wind machine. It took two months to build and comes complete with turnbuckles so the tightness of the canvas sheet can be adjusted. The slats are hardwood oak and should last a very long time

Lastly, and at great expense, coconut shells are being used to simulate the hooves of burros going down the Grand Canyon trails.

Audience members will be invited to crank the wind machine themselves following the concert.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.penfieldsymphony.org, by phone at 585-872-0774, at all area Wegmans, the Penfield Recreation Department, Canandaigua National Bank (Penfield Branch), and at the door on the night of the concert. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $12 for senior citizens, 60 and over. For students of any age with a student ID, tickets are free.

Directed by Dr. David Harman since 2000, this 90-piece orchestra enriches the community by providing fine music and a setting where both amateur and professional musicians perform a variety of classical music. For information on concerts and highlights, follow the Penfield Symphony Orchestra on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PenfieldSymphonyOrchestra, on Twitter at https://twitter.com/PenfieldSym, or visit the website at http://www.penfieldsymphony.org.

Photo credits:  Penfield Symphony Orchestra

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