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Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra to Perform “Play of the Waves”

The Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra (GNSO) will perform a concert at Aquinas Hall on the Mount Saint Mary College campus next month.

The concert, titled “Play of the Waves,” will depict the shifting moods and shapes of the ocean. It will be held on Saturday, June 10, 2023, at 7:30 pm.

The concert will be under the direction of Maestro Russell Ger. It will feature the works of four international masters: Edward Elgar (Britain), Benjamin Britten (Britain), Andreas Makris (Greece), and Claude Debussy (France).

“Composers have long been inspired by both the awesome majesty and serenity that the Seven Seas provide,” Ger noted. “Each selection on the June 10 program captures multiple aspects of the most powerful natural phenomenon we regularly encounter, be it wild, tumultuous, tranquil, placid, terrifying or exhilarating. This is a wonderful companion piece to the “Wings Unfurled” concert we performed in early May that concertgoers are still talking about.” The repertoire includes Elgar’s lushly Romantic vocal work “Sea Pictures,” Britten’s haunting “Four Sea Interludes,” extracted from his opera Peter Grimes, Makris’ spirited “Hellenic Odyssey,” and Debussy’s justifiably celebrated “La Mer.”

Tickets are $25 for senior citizens, $35 for open seating, $40 for reserved seating, and $50 for balcony seating. Tickets can be purchased at the door, by calling (845) 913-7157, or online at Mount Saint Mary College students will be admitted for free to open seating. 

The Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra is one of the leading cultural institutions of the Hudson River Valley. It was founded in 1995 by Dr. Woomyung Choe and its first president, George Handler, who was followed as president after 10 years by the late Fred McCurdy. In addition to its regular concerts, the Orchestra performs special engagements, such as with Moxart and summer concerts at Boscobel House and Gardens.

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