Symphonic Reprise: A 40-year Endeavor in 30 minutes, post-concert discussion
Sponsored by Charles Schwab
Sunday, November 11, 2012, approx 5:00 pm
Macomb Center for the Performing Arts
Don’t miss the excitement of our 2012 opening concert, celebrating 40 years of the Warren Symphony Orchestra! To honor his decades of dedication to WSO, Conductor Emeritus David Daniels returns to lead the symphony in Johannes Brahms’ Tragic Overture. Music Director Gregory Cunningham conducts the World Premiere of On Greenstone Island, a work from the pen of award-winning Michigan composer Terry Herald, commissioned by the Warren Symphony on the occasion of its 40th anniversary.
After the 40th Anniversary Gala concert, join Conductor Emeritus David Daniels and founding member Kingsley Sears as they reflect on WSO’s rich 40-year history. Why was the WSO formed? What was Kingsley Sears’ reaction when David Daniels was 45 minutes late for his first interview? These, and other compelling questions will be answered when Dave, Kingsley and friends remember the highlights of the past 40 years. We will view pictures from years gone by, and even listen to a recording of Dave’s job interview with the WSO.
Please join us after the concert for refreshments and reflection on how Macomb County’s musical jewel has enhanced our community over the last 40 years. To find out more about the 40th Anniversary Gala Concert, click here.
David Daniels, left, was the first conductor of the Warren Symphony. He enjoyed it so much that he kept doing it for 37 years, and he considers those years the most rewarding of his life. In between concerts and rehearsals for the WSO, he also managed to: (1) help his wife Jimmie Sue raise and educate three kids; (2) teach at Oakland University for nearly three decades; (3) create a reference book (with the imaginative title “Orchestral Music”) that amazed him by selling slowly but steadily since 1972 (the 5th edition is scheduled for 2015). Oh yes, he conducted some other stuff (orchestras, choruses, and operas) now and then.
Kingsley Sears, right, was among the creating conspirators of the Warren Symphony. Since the Orchestra’s activation, he has “walked beside the wagon” writing program notes and working on occasional committees. After retiring from his Personnel post in the Warren Schools, he continued playing tuba in the Warren Concert Band, directing the Community Chorus and a church choir, and singing with the Detroit Lutheran Singers. He drags his patient wife, Lurline, away from gardening and quilting to attend musical events with him. This summer was their fiftieth year of camping. For twenty years they have participated in the Senior Olympics; she racewalking, he running.
Other noteworthy events include the November 7, 2004 concert, where the Symphony honored Kingsley and Lurline Sears for many decades of support by declaring the orchestra tuba position as The Kingsley Sears Chair henceforth. Four years later, Sears created and presided over what may be the world’s first musical graph at the February 10, 2008 concert. His demonstration of our endowment fund’s history was spectacularly received. Taking middle C as the baseline in 1994, the orchestra went up or down, tracking the progress of the endowment fund over the years, and ending with a glorious five-octave C major chord to represent the yet-to-be-attained goal of $1 million.