Battle Creek Symphony

Battle Creek Symphony

Three top players of the Battle Creek Symphony will run through entertaining and virtuosic bits of Bizet, Bernstein, Poulenc, Handel and even a classic Nintendo theme in Saturday's season-opening concert. It's a free online event, starting at 7:30 pm. Principal horn Jessica Lombardo talks to Cara Lieurance about filming the concert at Battle Creek's First Presbyterian Church, and the fun chemistry she has with her colleagues Michael Gause, trumpet, and Austin Motley, trombone. 


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Last week, Anne Harrigan revealed the details of the 2020-21 season of the Battle Creek Symphony, which begins on October 17, 2020. On the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Harrigan and Cara Lieurance each share their experiences of that day.


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The Battle Creek Symphony, which typically presents around 70 school outreach events every year, responded to the COVID-19 pandemic last spring by offering free online music lessons to all kids in the Battle Creek school system. Now, as music director Anne Harrigan tells Cara Lieurance, it's time to bring the BCSO musicians back to the stage, and give music lovers free access to online events on a pay-what-you-can basis.


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Anne Harrigan is the conductor of two orchestras, one in Billings, MT, and one in Battle Creek, MI. Both have had their seasons derailed by the pandemic.  In a conversation with Cara Lieurance, Harrigan says she and the Battle Creek Symphony took two weeks to regroup when the shutdown began in Michigan.  Then came a pivot: Harrigan and other orchestra musicians began offering free online music lessons to young people in the Battle Creek school system. Harrigan also created a series of videos featuring past performances, sharing them on Facebook and YouTube.


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At 7:30 pm on Saturday, Feb 29, conductor Anne Harrigan will lead the Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra in a performance of The Planets by Gustav Holst.  In a conversation with Cara Lieurance, Harrigan says Holst wrote the piece at the turn of the last century after reading some mystic writings about astrology. Under her direction, the music, which requires a huge orchestra that can produce unique sonic signatures, will be accompanied by images from NASA, courtesy of the Grand Rapids Public Museum. 

Guest artist and rising star Zachary Brandon, a native of Battle Creek, will return from advanced studies in California to play music from the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with his hometown orchestra, Harrigan says. The final piece is the opening overture, written at age 21 by Samuel Barber. His Overture to the School for Scandal is a personal favorite for Harrigan. It's a signature piece for one of her mentors, conductor David Zinman. 

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