For several weeks, we’ve been stalking the Windsor Symphony’s energetic music director, John Morris Russell, via Facebook, as he uses the orchestra’s One Community, One Symphony fan page to update the world on his early morning or late afternoon visits to a total of ten high school bands and choirs throughout the orchestra’s catchment area in Ontario’s Essex-Kent region. (We even know how he takes his coffee.) Maestro Russell has been rehearsing these groups in preparation for the 2010 edition of One Community, One Symphony – an event that brings together hundreds of musicians from across the county. Band students will perform together as a special “mass band” at the Windsor Armouries on the first half of the concert. The WSO will perform a suite from The Planets on the second half of the concert, and will be joined by choral students performing John Williams’ Duel of the Fates from Star Wars and the patriotic chorale I Vow To Thee My Country that Holst quoted in Jupiter. The event is free for all participating ensembles and a limited number of tickets will be available for sale as a fund-raiser for school music activities.
The concert takes place Saturday, April 10 at 1 and 3:30 p.m., at the historic Windsor Armouries. For more information about this, you can visit the WSO website here.
Or check out the One Community, One Symphony fan page on Facebook, here.