Guest Conductor Leon Burke III has been both serious and light-hearted throughout the practices and rehearsals for the Alton Symphony Orchestra's third concert of the 2009 - 2010 season. On Sunday, February 28th, well see if the snow has played a factor in the 65th concert season. You see, due to snowfall in the RiverBend area, the ASO missed one of its practices --- putting Burke and the orchestra in a catch-up mode for the last two weeks of rehearsals.
The concert will feature works of Dvorak - the New World Symphony, Heinrich Hubler's "Concertstueck" - which features a french horn quartet, and some Beethoven as well.
The Alton High School Auditorium, 4200 Humbert Road, again serves as the venue for this concert. The AHS Auditorium is filling in for the third consecutive concert while Lewis & Clark Community College's Hathaway Hall undergoes renovations.
Burke is a native St. Louisan who currently leads the University City Symphony Orchestra as conductor, as well as conductor of the Belleville Philharmonic Youth Symphony, with positions at St. Louis University, East Central College (Union MO), and the Topeka Ballet, St. Louis Symphony Chorus, and with Spotlight Theater among other groups. In short, Leon is a busy music-maker.
As with the December concert, tickets can be purchased at Halpin Music (2375 Homer Adams Parkway in Alton), Dick's Flowers (2621 College Avenue in Alton), Duke Bakery (819 Henry in Alton) the Alton Symphony Orchestra website (a PayPal purchase - your tickets will be at the WILL CALL WINDOW), or at the Alton High School Auditorium just before the performance. Tickets are $5 for children up to 12 years of age, $15 for seniors, $18 for adults, and students with an AHS or LCCC are free with a valid ID.
It's another great weekend of fantastic music with the Alton Symphony Orchestra --- we hope to see you there!