The Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra (GNSO), enjoying its most successful season to date, will perform its annual free summer concert at 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 29 at Mount Saint Mary College. The “Lord of the Dance” program has “something for everyone,” according to Music Director Russell Ger, and “will leave the audience tapping their toes.”
“Dance has always been one of the primary functions of music,” Ger explained. “In ancient days, tribal dances were used for all kinds of important rituals and ceremonies; in the courts of Europe, formal dancing was a required protocol in aristocratic interactions; and in much of Latin America, dance was the way that genders socialized together.”
“This program,” Ger continued, “is a celebration of many different kinds of dance music. From the irresistibly jazzy rhythms of Bernstein and Shoskatovitch, to Dvořák’s bohemian ebullience, to Ravel’s hypnotic “Bolero,” to Johann Strauss’ playful and rambunctious polkas.”
Concluding his first year at the helm of the GNSO, Mr. Ger has become well-known for ebullience himself through his informed and witty commentary from the podium at each program. Since September 2016, audiences for the orchestra’s performances have virtually doubled, and this response even enabled the GNSO to add an extra concert in March.
“Lord of the Dance” will be presented Saturday, July 29 at 4 p.m. at Mount Saint Mary College’s air conditioned Aquinas Hall. There is no charge for admission, however donations are cheerfully accepted.