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EB, PA: Reading Symphony Concert 4/28/2012

 
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2012 2:51 pm    Post subject: EB, PA: Reading Symphony Concert 4/28/2012 Reply with quote

Attendance for the night

501st - Garrison Carida
George Metz - TD
Craig Dunn - SL/ Vader
Sacha Lange - TK
Butch Stanley - IN
Dave Castellano - TI

Rebel Legion
Mark Jones - Master Obi-Wan (ROTS)
Mia Jones - Bariss Offee (AOTC)
Ryan Miorelli - Luke Skywalker (ROTJ) "Rebel Recuit" from the TJA
Tim Levan - RFT


Debrief from Echo Command to Rebel Command.

...Things started off pretty well for our second concert appearance in a weeks time. The group as a whole arrive at the Sovereign Performing Arts Center promptly at 6:00 pm Saturday night with a few exceptions due to a bit a misdirection (see Reading has SPAC and the Sovereign Center, the parking area between both. The parking area it self was a wonder: converted auto dealership - the garage was the display area with a 45 degree ramp!)

After we arrive, our hosts escorted us the a private changing room, from there we proceeded to get suited up- doors opened at 7:00pmwith the concert beginning a 8:00 pm. I will admit this event turned out to be fun. It reminded me of the Star Wars in Concert tours a little, the group have the run of the Center. Echo members roamed the lobby greeting patrons youth and old alike. We visited the private parties which were in the ballrooms on the second floor. We also took to the outside of the Center welcoming patrons to the concert.

Reading billed this concert as "Night at the Movies", the orchestra played an assemble of themes from notable films. As a special treat to the patrons for their support of the Center, the host asked us to appoint one member to do the Thank You, "Rebel Recruit" Ryan as Luke was chosen mostly because he was "playing Luke". Now although Ryan is not an official member of the Legion yet. We gave him the go ahead with the strong suggestion to stay in character. Before the concert started, Ryan walked up on stage with a great response from the crowd, introduced himself as Luke Skywalker and stated "on behalf of the RSO, I thank you for coming to The Sovereign Performing Arts Center for tonight's performance, enjoy and May the Force Be With You!" He did a wonderful job! Didn't skip a beat!

In the first set beginning with:
~Superman's March
followed by
~Themes from James Bond 007
~ Somewhere That's Green (Little Shop of Horrors)
~Over the Rainbow
~Theme from Mission Impossible
~Sooner or Later (from Dick Tracy)
~ Suite from Chicago

Reading's concert was a little different from Hershey in the way that we didn't do a skit with the orchestra, for most of the first part of the show we stayed in the lobby generally to mingle with the patrons. We posed for tons of pics and it very quickly became quite warm in the lobby with the mass of the crowd. As the concert started we paused for the cause and returned to our changing area to enjoy some social time discussing-- of course-- costuming.

-Intermission-
We then returned to the lobby for the intermission and more pictures with the same folks who just couldn't seem to get enough of us.

The second set was all John Williams
~ Theme from Jaws
~ Dry Your Tears, Afrika from Amistad
~ Hymn to the Fallen from Saving Private Ryan
~ Jurassic Park
~ Theme from Schindler's List
~ Star Wars Suite*
* Now seeing that we didn't have a skit, we asked the hosts if we could do a walk out to the stage, The hosts said "great idea!" The group decided to walk down to the stage and stand in the chorals pit on the rise in front of the stage.
Main Title
Across the Stars
Imperial March *The 501st walked down and salute
Throne Room and End Credits *Rebel Legion walked down and salute
~Indiana Jones Suite (Encore)

After the salutes it was back out to the lobby to wish the patrons well as the left for the evening. We were finally able to suit down at 10:45, and we suddenly realized that this had been a pretty long event, but the time had seemed to fly by with all the excitement. Everyone made a quick retreat to their homes.

Big thanks go out to everyone who attended great job everybody.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2012 9:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Concert review: RSO produces entertaining night at the movies
By Susan L. Pena
Reading Eagle Correspondent

The Reading Symphony Orchestra performed its annual pops concert Saturday evening in the Sovereign Performing Arts Center, under the direction of guest conductor Bradley Thachuk. This time the theme was movie music, with the majority of selections by the iconic film composer John Williams, whose scores have become the signature sound of Steven Spielberg and George Lucas epics.

Performing along with the orchestra were guests Carlyn Connolly, a Broadway musical singing actress who performed in last year's Valentine's concert along with Joey DeBenedetto (who unfortunately couldn't make it this year), and the Berks Classical Children's Chorus Chorale and Choristers.

Williams' "Superman" March opened the concert with a festive spirit and plenty of percussion. Thachuk, recently appointed music director and principal conductor of the Niagara Symphony, seems to revel in the pops repertoire and served as a genial emcee throughout the evening.

They followed with Calvin Custer's arrangement of "Themes From 'James Bond 007'," including Bill Conti's "For Your Eyes Only," Paul McCartney's "Live and Let Die" and the late John Barry's "Goldfinger."

Connolly sang the witty Alan Menken/Howard Ashman song, "Somewhere That's Green," from "Little Shop of Horrors," with its on-target description of the 1950s ideal life; she followed it with Harold Arlen's beloved "Over the Rainbow" from "The Wizard of Oz."While she certainly knows how to put a song across, Connolly's voice sounded a bit raspy at times, and she was harshly amplified, which didn't flatter her tone quality.

After the orchestra played Argentine composer Lalo Schifrin's Theme from "Mission Impossible," also arranged by Custer, Connolly returned to sing Stephen Sondheim's seductive "Sooner or Later" from "Dick Tracy" (originally sung by Madonna as Breathless Mahoney), arranged by Thachuk.

The first half ended with a Suite from "Chicago," by the brilliant John Kander, played with the proper raucous spirit.

The second half of the concert was devoted to Williams, beginning with his Theme from "Jaws," which is scary music indeed.

The BCCC sang a beautiful rendition of "Dry Your Tears, Afrika," from "Amistad," in Mende, one of the languages of Sierra Leone. This was followed by the equally touching "Hymn to the Fallen" from "Saving Private Ryan."

"Jurassic Park," with its broad vistas and fine orchestration came next, and then the heartbreaking tune from "Schindler's List," with an intimate, haunting solo by concertmaster Dayna Anderson.

They finished with "Star Wars" Suite, which included the "Main Title," "Across the Stars" from "Episode II," "Imperial March" and "Throne Room and End Title." While the performance was impeccable, I have always found this particular music (especially the main theme) annoying and repetitive, so for me it went on far too long. Crying or Very sad But the audience loved it, especially the parade of characters in "Star Wars" costumes, carrying light sabers. Smile Razz


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2012 9:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice work Echo Base.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2012 9:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Endorscout64 wrote:

But the audience loved it, especially the parade of characters in "Star Wars" costumes, carrying light sabers. Smile Razz


I think we all wanted that moment from the movie - we marched down the isle while they played the 'Throne Room', sabers lit. Awesome, emotional moment (even if it did stretch on a bit too long between the Throne Room & End Titles with no room for us to exit between them).
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About the event way to go Echo.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2012 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great Job Rebels!!!

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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2012 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A thank you note
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May 1, 2012

Mr. Tim Levan
Rebel Legion

Dear Mr. Levan,

On behalf of everyone here at the Reading Symphony Orchestra I would like to thank the members of the Rebel Legion for attending our concert and providing an experience that many would talk about for the rest of the weekend. Their presence at the concert brought out many enthusiasts and were a highlight for so many concert attendees.

Yours in music,

Jeffrey A. Rutter
Operations Manager
Reading Symphony Orchestra
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