Composer’s Daughter to Attend Opening Concert of the Season: The Americans

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Provided by Manassas Symphony

Pam Kelly, daughter of the late composer Claude T. Smith, will attend the season opening concert of the Manassas Symphony Orchestra on on November 7 at 7:30 pm. The ensemble will perform Smith’s work, Eternal Father, Strong to Save, which is based on the Navy Hymn. The performance commemorates the 40th anniversary of the piece’s publication and debut by the Navy Band at the Kennedy Center, and is orchestrated by MSO Music Director, James Villani.

Smith composed extensively in the areas of instrumental and choral music and his compositions have been performed by leading musical organizations throughout the world. Having over 110 band works, 12 orchestra works and 15 choral works, he composed solos for such artists as “Doc” Severinsen, Dale Underwood, and many others. Mrs. Kelly will give a short presentation on her father’s work at the concert after intermission.

The MSO’s season opening concert also features American Prize-winning pianist Anthony Michael Cornet who will join the orchestra for George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. In addition, the All-American concert program includes Aaron Copland’s Rodeo, and Serenades, a piece for strings composed by Stonewall Jackson HS alum and U.S. Army Major J. Scott McKenzie.

All seats for the Manassas Symphony Orchestra concerts in Merchant Hall of the Hylton Performing Arts Center (HPAC) are reserved and everyone needs a ticket.  Individual concert tickets are available from the HPAC Ticket Office Wednesday through Saturday from 12 to 6 pm and two hours before the performance begins.   Tickets may also be purchased through by calling 888-945-2468, or by visiting the HPAC event calendar and click on the “Buy Tickets” button. Processing fees will apply for these methods of purchase.  Tickets are also available for sale at the Center for the Arts Box Office on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus.  Individual concert tickets are priced as follows: Adults $20, Senior Citizens 62+ $16, Educators w/ID only at Ticket Office $16,  Children/Students, Free – must obtain ticket at the Ticket Office College Students must show ID to obtain free concert ticket.

If you have questions or need more information, please e-mail or phone 703-853-0749.


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