Wind Symphony Will Go “Live! On Air” at Family Concert Friday
By Sarah Kirkpatrick, Staff Writer
On Friday, February 16 at 8:00 p.m., the Gettysburg College Wind Symphony will take the stage for one of its most unique performances yet. The musicians will play a series of pop songs, each representing a different genre, that a listener might hear while on flipping through the radio stations.
Student workgroups collaborated with conductor and former radio disc jockey Dr. Russell McCutcheon to select the pieces, which include favorites like “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran, “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons, “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi, “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana, and medleys based on the music of Stevie Wonder, Led Zeppelin, and the Beatles. In addition, the symphony will perform a jazz song called “Autumn Leaves” along with Beethoven’s Octet Op. 103 Movement 3: Minuet in Trio.
The concert will engage audience members with a novel combination of live and recorded sound as part of a humorous script, which was also written by students.
“It is going to be a show that people will not want to miss, as it is unlike anything else the Conservatory has offered in recent memory,” explained concert coordinator Bethany Frankel ’20. “The music is easily recognizable to audiences, has a little something for everyone, is guaranteed to make people laugh with funny commercials and other elements, and is a great way to spend a Friday night!”
The concert costs five dollars for members of the public, but is free for children 18 and under and students with a Gettysburg College ID. All profits from the concert will be donated to VH1 Save the Music Foundation, which supports public school music programs in elementary and middle schools across the country.
For those who cannot attend, the concert will air live on 91.1 WZBT college radio and be streamed online.