(T-G photo by Jim Davis) [Order this photo]
"Symphony At The Celebration" was the orchestra's first public performance since its well-reviewed return to Carnegie Hall on Saturday night.
(T-G photo by Jim Davis)
During the tandem performance of Richard Hayman's "Servicemen on Parade," a medley of fight songs for the branches of the U.S. military, Schram asked the veterans in the audience to stand as their branch's fight song was played. Schram waved, gestured and bowed toward individual veterans as the song played, thanking them for their service.
The concert opened, as normal, with the national anthem, and a color guard from Shelbyville Fire Department presented the flag.
During a medley of George M. Cohan tunes, Schram gave the solo parts to two SCHS students, Daphne Wilson and Aaron Caffey. Then, during the traditional closing number, "The Stars and Stripes Forever," Kalyn Attig of SCHS took the piccolo solo.
The SCHS Wind Symphony, under the direction of Kayne Gilliland, also performed on its own during the first half of the program, including an arrangement of "Amazing Grace."
The symphony's program included everything from Wagner to Gershwin. Schram explained the symbolism of Camille Saint-Saens' "Danse Macabre" to the audience, with the violin solo by Gerald Greer representing Death and the xylophone meant to suggest dancing skeletons.
The symphony played two different works by noted film composer John Williams: the main title from "Star Wars," and Williams' "Liberty Fanfare," written to commemorate the restoration of the Statue of Liberty in the 1980s. (Schram misspoke and said the piece was from 1968 instead of 1986.)
Pre-concert and intermission entertainment was provided by the Motlow College Jazz Ensemble, directed by Tom Breece.
No immediate attendance figure for the concert was available, and there's usually not an exact figure in any case because children in general admission are not ticketed.
Steering committee co-chair Dawn Holley said she thought the attendance was down a little bit from the 2011 concert, but it was still a large crowd, including about 100 Girl Scouts and family members of Girl Scouts sitting in a reserved section of the arena.
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Because the cost of the concert is actually borne by various sponsors, including Regions Bank, which is the area-wide sponsor of the Nashville Symphony's community concert series, ticket proceeds from the event benefit Bedford County Arts Council.
The Nashville Symphony has been performing in Shelbyville annually since 1989.