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Thursday, 26 September 2019 09:55

Beloit Janesville symphony features ‘Music of America’

Written by  Staff Writer
Concertmaster Joe Ketchum Concertmaster Joe Ketchum
BELOIT — Members of the Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra turn the spotlight on American music next month.
The BJSO presents “Music of America: Dvorak’s New World Symphony & Beyond” on Thursday, Oct. 3, and Sunday, Oct. 6. The Oct. 3 concert is a final dress rehearsal and will be held at 7 p.m. at Eaton Chapel on the Beloit College campus. The Oct. 6 performance is at 2 p.m. at the Janesville Performing Arts Center.

“The Symphony No. 9 in E minor, ‘From the New World,’ popularly known as the New World Symphony, was composed by Antonín Dvorak in 1893 ... ” according to a BJSO news release. “It is by far his most popular symphony, and one of the most popular of all symphonies.”
Keeping to the theme of American music from the late 19th century and early 20th century, BJSO Concertmaster Joe Ketchum will play solo violin on Ervin Rouse’s “The Orange Blossom Special” and Charlie Daniels’ “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.”

The BJSO also will perform William Grant Still’s 1957 composition, “The American Scene, Suite 5: A Mountain, A Memorial and a Song.”

The Oct. 3 dress rehearsal is free, although donations are appreciated. For tickets to the Oct. 6 performance, go online to or call 608-758-0297.

On Oct. 6, a Pre-Concert Chat with the Maestro will begin at 1 p.m. Following the concert, a reception will be held to honor Rob Tomaro’s 20th year as BJSO artistic director and conductor.

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